Crash could cost cyclist dream career

The repaired pothole

The repaired pothole

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A TALENTED triathlete with dreams of becoming a professional cyclist was injured when she crashed after hitting a pothole.

Faye Menzies, 18, of Rochford, is being treated at the Royal London Hospital for serious injuries to her neck, back, chest and pelvis.

She was thrown into the path of a car when she crashed in Southend Road, Rochford.

The former Seevic College pupil won the sprint distance World Triathlon title in Hyde Park last month.

It has emerged the road had been recently repaired after National Grid works, and two people had reported the dangerous surface before Faye’s accident last week.

Louise Chapelle, a family friend of Stilwells, Rochford, said: “Thankfully she was wearing a helmet and she is an experienced rider, which undoubtedly saved her life.

“I hope the shoddy roads have not affected her longterm plans as a triathlete, where she has already won a number of trophies.”

Faye was hoping for a career as a professional cyclist.

Seevic College principal Nick Spenceley wrote to Faye’s mother earlier in the week to express his shock at the accident, pass on his best wishes and offer support.

Hannah Austin, Faye’s personal tutor, said: “I was horrified to hear Faye had been involved in such a serious accident.

“For a lively young woman with fantastic prospects, full of fun with such a jovial personality, it is difficult to hear she has been involved in an incident of this nature.

“Faye’s determination, confidence and motivation will be instrumental in her recovery. I wish her well, and a fast return to full fitness.”

Essex County Council is investigating the standard of the work carried out by National Grid in Southend Road, close to the Anne Boleyn pub.

Cyclist Dan Makin, 40, of Ashingdon, broke his shoulder and collar bone after hitting the same pothole last month and he reported the dangerous surface.

District councillor Jill Lucas-Gill also reported the pothole, the week before Faye’s accident.

Council officers had marked the 3ins-deep hole for inspection within 28 days.

Eddie Johnson, deputy councillor for highways and transport, said: “Our thoughts and wishes remain with the injured girl and her family at this difficult time.

“The roadworks were carried out by National Grid, which has since been on site to carry out repairs.

“Our investigation into the matter is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage.”

National Grid engineers carried out further repairs on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday last week.

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7:54am Tue 8 Jul 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Whilst the repairs seem to have smoothed over and covered the appalling state of this road, the damage and scars inflicted on that poor rider, makes me angry.
The council seem to be selective, in regards to the upkeep and needed repairs, tending to wait until something like this occurs, even though we read that potholes are at the top of the Highways agenda. Hopefully legal action will now commence, by way of gaining some sort of closure for the unfortunate rider, but to safeguard others, from this preventable horror.
Whilst the repairs seem to have smoothed over and covered the appalling state of this road, the damage and scars inflicted on that poor rider, makes me angry. The council seem to be selective, in regards to the upkeep and needed repairs, tending to wait until something like this occurs, even though we read that potholes are at the top of the Highways agenda. Hopefully legal action will now commence, by way of gaining some sort of closure for the unfortunate rider, but to safeguard others, from this preventable horror. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 19

8:39am Tue 8 Jul 14

TheaWells says...

Hopefully some of the 155 million will be spent on sending out 'pothole' workmen out to trawl the streets looking for them and fixing them... 28 days is outrageous for a 3 inch flaw on a road... it should have been fixed the day the first person was injured!!
Hopefully some of the 155 million will be spent on sending out 'pothole' workmen out to trawl the streets looking for them and fixing them... 28 days is outrageous for a 3 inch flaw on a road... it should have been fixed the day the first person was injured!! TheaWells
  • Score: 18

10:26am Tue 8 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Come on Essex County Council get yer collective fingers out. Open those coffers and get these appalling roads sorted out sharpish!



Wishing Faye well in her ongoing recovery.
Come on Essex County Council get yer collective fingers out. Open those coffers and get these appalling roads sorted out sharpish! Wishing Faye well in her ongoing recovery. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 12

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