21 February 2014
Appeal for Witnesses to Bus Collision with Cyclist in Scunthorpe on 31st January
The husband of a cyclist who was left severely brain damaged after being hit by a bus in Scunthorpe Town Centre on 31st January has appealed for witnesses to come forward.
Yvonne Bosanquet, 54 was cycling across a road in Scunthorpe Town Centre when she was struck by single deck bus. The mother-of-two was rushed to Scunthorpe General Hospital suffering from severe head and spinal injuries including a fractured skull, broken collarbone and broken sternum.
The collision left Mrs Bosanquet brain damaged and unable to walk. It also meant she was not able to live at home as she required 24-hour care and was forced to move into a nursing facility.
A year on since the collision her husband Trevor Bosanquet has now issued a plea for witnesses to uncover the details of the tragic road incident.
Mr Bosanquet, 58, said, “The last year has been terribly difficult for the whole family, all of our lives have been turned upside down. The crash left Yvonne unable to walk or care for herself so she has spent the entire year either in hospital or at a care home but this isn’t really suitable to cope with her needs.
“We are desperate to get her the correct help to try and improve her quality of life but to do that we need to find out exactly what happened in the crash. I ask anyone who saw the incident to please come forward. It may only be a small detail but it could mean the world of difference.”
Mrs Bosanquet had decided to ride into Scunthorpe Town Centre on Thursday, January 31st on her bicycle to do some shopping. The keen cyclist was crossing Fenton Street at the Cole Street junction when she was hit head on by a blue Hornsby travel bus.
Mrs Bosanquet was taken to Scunthorpe General Hospital and due to the severity of her injuries was kept in hospital for nearly six months.
After her release she was placed in a residential care home as she required round-the-clock care. Her family was also told this week that it is unlikely she will ever be able to walk again.
Mr Bosanquet said, “It’s been very tough for us all. Yvonne was a very active person and would regularly go out on her bicycle but now she is unlikely to ever even walk again. She has also suffered very serious brain damage and will never regain the mental capacity she had previously. It’s devastating to have your whole life turned upside down out of nowhere.
“Now we are simply focused on making her as comfortable as possible and providing the most suitable care to allow the best possible standard of living.”
Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyer Richard Crabtree, who is representing the family, has also urged witnesses to come forward if they have any information at all.
He said, “This is a truly tragic situation. In order to secure the specialist care and support that Yvonne will need, we have to try and piece together the full picture of what happened that day. We are urging anyone who might have helpful information about the incident, no matter how small or insignificant they think it might be; to please come forward.
“It was a relatively busy time of day, there were several people in the area and we know that many people also live in the immediate vicinity of the collision. If we are to secure the help Yvonne and her family need right now, and will undoubtedly need in the future, we really need witnesses to get in touch.”
Anyone with any information please call Richard Crabtree direct on 0844 854 3117 or call freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.
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