Great Wakering crash driver told he could lose his leg

Moped rider could lose his leg

Moped rider could lose his leg

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A MAN has been told he may lose his leg after his moped was involved in a collision with a car.

Matthew Farmer, 26, of Morris Close, Great Wakering, suffered terrible leg injuries after the crash with a red Ford Fiesta outside the Co-op, in Great Wakering High Street.

Mr Farmer is facing six months in a wheelchair after breaking his knee and shin, and fracturing his leg in three places.

Shocked passers-by tended to Mr Farmer as he lay on the ground with bones in his leg exposed.

One woman was said to have fainted at the sight of his injuries, which others described as horrific’.

Mr Farmer said: “I was thrown to the other side of the road.

“I will be inawheelchair for six months. They’ve said there is a chance of infection and I could lose my leg if it doesn’t heal correctly.”

Surgeons at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, will continue to work on his legs in the coming months in an effort to get him walking again.

But Mr Farmer, a delivery driver and children’s entertainer, said the accident had made him aware of the need for drivers to be extracareful on the roads.

He added: “I had never had a crash before. People need to be aware and be safe and give themselves that extra distance.

“Be prepared for anyone to come out at any moment.”

Police are still investigating the accident, at 5.30pm on Sunday, July 13, and have appeared for witnesses to get in touch.

They should dial 101 and ask to speak to Sgt Mark Yorke-Wade or PC Neil Coalbran of the Laindon response and patrol unit

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8:10am Tue 22 Jul 14

Rayleigh mum says...

Best wishes to this young man in his recovery.
Don't know what he was wearing ie trousers or shorts (in this hot weather) but we see far too many riders going around with inadequate protection in the summer. I know from my dad having a very serious motorcycle accident a few years back that untold damage can be done to the legs in a collision. Dad was wearing appropriate safety wear, oilskin trousers and thick leather jacket, but still sustained serious leg injuries when in collision with a car. We were only told after his operation to save his leg that he could have been facing amputation if it had not gone to plan. PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT RIDE AROUND IN SHORTS!!!!!

Sorry rant over
Best wishes to this young man in his recovery. Don't know what he was wearing ie trousers or shorts (in this hot weather) but we see far too many riders going around with inadequate protection in the summer. I know from my dad having a very serious motorcycle accident a few years back that untold damage can be done to the legs in a collision. Dad was wearing appropriate safety wear, oilskin trousers and thick leather jacket, but still sustained serious leg injuries when in collision with a car. We were only told after his operation to save his leg that he could have been facing amputation if it had not gone to plan. PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT RIDE AROUND IN SHORTS!!!!! Sorry rant over Rayleigh mum
  • Score: 12

8:16am Tue 22 Jul 14

jpw0809 says...

From a fellow biker wishing you a speedy recovery mate!... Remember people Think Once, Think Twice... Think BIKE! It only takes that split second longer to look properly and it could save someones life.
From a fellow biker wishing you a speedy recovery mate!... Remember people Think Once, Think Twice... Think BIKE! It only takes that split second longer to look properly and it could save someones life. jpw0809
  • Score: -5

11:30am Tue 22 Jul 14

John Right says...

Slow down, speed kills
Slow down, speed kills John Right
  • Score: 13

3:15pm Tue 22 Jul 14

You'llThankme for telling us all that says...

jpw0809 wrote:
From a fellow biker wishing you a speedy recovery mate!... Remember people Think Once, Think Twice... Think BIKE! It only takes that split second longer to look properly and it could save someones life.
Think speed, think accident, think child running out, THINK.
[quote][p][bold]jpw0809[/bold] wrote: From a fellow biker wishing you a speedy recovery mate!... Remember people Think Once, Think Twice... Think BIKE! It only takes that split second longer to look properly and it could save someones life.[/p][/quote]Think speed, think accident, think child running out, THINK. You'llThankme for telling us all that
  • Score: 12

4:00pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

John Right wrote:
Slow down, speed kills
Hear hear, I too have often witnessed bikers young (50cc L plated) and older tear @assing around, always ends in tears..
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Slow down, speed kills[/p][/quote]Hear hear, I too have often witnessed bikers young (50cc L plated) and older tear @assing around, always ends in tears.. sesibollox
  • Score: 8

6:05pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Alekhine says...

It might be a good point to remember that a moped (if the vehicle has been correcly described) is limited to 30mph and has the acceleration of an arthritic snail.

Ofcourse, shorts and flip flops are still not a good idea.
It might be a good point to remember that a moped (if the vehicle has been correcly described) is limited to 30mph and has the acceleration of an arthritic snail. Ofcourse, shorts and flip flops are still not a good idea. Alekhine
  • Score: 3

8:25pm Tue 22 Jul 14

girlie71 says...

Seeing so many so called experienced bikers wearing summer clothes its not surprising that the younger and more inexperienced riders try and copy them, yes I know its hot but I think id rather be a bit sweaty than take a chance on losing skin or even worse my limbs or my life
Seeing so many so called experienced bikers wearing summer clothes its not surprising that the younger and more inexperienced riders try and copy them, yes I know its hot but I think id rather be a bit sweaty than take a chance on losing skin or even worse my limbs or my life girlie71
  • Score: 8

11:17pm Tue 22 Jul 14

mr.happy says...

Firstly best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Secondly he will only lose his leg if it doesn't heal. The same goes for anyone with a serious arm/leg injury that doesn't heal.
Thirdly, and not neccessarily directed to this unfortunate victim, if you ride a motorbike/moped then:- 1) Wear the right protective clothing, 2) Don't speed, 3) Keep your headlight on as car drivers don't have bionic eyesight, 4) Stop riding between moving cars or on the inside of them, car drivers can't be expected to drive as if a motorcyclist owns the entire road! 5) Enjoy the freedom a bike brings and stay safe & alive.
Firstly best wishes for a speedy recovery. Secondly he will only lose his leg if it doesn't heal. The same goes for anyone with a serious arm/leg injury that doesn't heal. Thirdly, and not neccessarily directed to this unfortunate victim, if you ride a motorbike/moped then:- 1) Wear the right protective clothing, 2) Don't speed, 3) Keep your headlight on as car drivers don't have bionic eyesight, 4) Stop riding between moving cars or on the inside of them, car drivers can't be expected to drive as if a motorcyclist owns the entire road! 5) Enjoy the freedom a bike brings and stay safe & alive. mr.happy
  • Score: 16

12:37am Fri 25 Jul 14

MATTtheBOX says...

Many thanks to you all for your kind wishes, I am that rider.
After reading the first story I had to call and tell facts hence why the detailed story the second time round a week later and it seems I need to do the same again here.
I was travelling at 15mph being cautious because it was a busy high street that I have known and been aware of for half of my life, pedestrians, elderly, schools, children and parked cars. The car driver pulled out of the co-op car park as I crossed her and she still managed to make contact. Within minutes and me laying in agony with five fractures (left leg: double Feema break, tibial plateau, shattered patellar compound fracture and right leg: tibial twisted break) within minutes the driver admitted liability saying "didn't look and also came out too fast" I am recovering well with a series of metal, such as two steel pin nails, two steel plates, wires, and series of screws and fixings.
I was wearing heavy duty thick sole trainers, heavy jeans, vest, Tshirts, hoody, protective gloves and a British standard safety helmet and goggles.
Please think about your comments before speculation. Thanks again all. If your interested a series of pictures have been obtained from crash site, injuries, post surgery and development. Kind regards, Matthew.
Many thanks to you all for your kind wishes, I am that rider. After reading the first story I had to call and tell facts hence why the detailed story the second time round a week later and it seems I need to do the same again here. I was travelling at 15mph being cautious because it was a busy high street that I have known and been aware of for half of my life, pedestrians, elderly, schools, children and parked cars. The car driver pulled out of the co-op car park as I crossed her and she still managed to make contact. Within minutes and me laying in agony with five fractures (left leg: double Feema break, tibial plateau, shattered patellar compound fracture and right leg: tibial twisted break) within minutes the driver admitted liability saying "didn't look and also came out too fast" I am recovering well with a series of metal, such as two steel pin nails, two steel plates, wires, and series of screws and fixings. I was wearing heavy duty thick sole trainers, heavy jeans, vest, Tshirts, hoody, protective gloves and a British standard safety helmet and goggles. Please think about your comments before speculation. Thanks again all. If your interested a series of pictures have been obtained from crash site, injuries, post surgery and development. Kind regards, Matthew. MATTtheBOX
  • Score: 5

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