In an incident resembling Steve McQueen`s capture of a German motorbike in the 1963 film “The Great Escape”, Siobhan Delamare, aged 23, suffered injuries to her throat and her head when she rode her bicycle into tripwire which has been deliberately pulled across the cycle path on the promenade at New Brighton, Merseyside.
It was reported in yesterday's Mail online that 2 teenage girls have been arrested. It is believed that these girls filmed the incident.
Riding into a rope, cord or wire at even a moderate speed can cause serious injury or death. Miss Delamare was therefore fortunate to have escaped with relatively minor injuries. These injuries were however sufficiently serious to have resulted in an overnight admission to hospital.
It is reported that the 2 teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of assault. To deliberate booby trap a cycle path in such a way is highly dangerous and is without doubt a criminal act.
Siobhan has the option of pursuing a civil claim against her assailants but the more likely route to compensation would be to make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) which is a government body which compensates victims of crimes of violence.
Provided certain conditions, such as reporting the crime to the police and having a sufficiently serious injury, the CICA will make a compensation award. There is a 2 year time limit for making applications to the CICA.
Paul Kitson is a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers and heads the Cycle Injury Team.
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