John and Kirsteen Masson back at their North Ward home following the multiple bike incident in Mt Louisa. Picture: Evan Morgan
John and Kirsteen Masson back at their North Ward home following the multiple bike incident in Mt Louisa. Picture: Evan Morgan

‘Didn’t see or hear anything’: Cyclist relives horror impact

LYING broken and bruised on bitumen, bike parts sprawled across a road, Dr John Masson tried to piece together what had happened as his wife crawled towards him to check he was alive.

The Townsville doctor and his wife, Kirsteen Masson, a nurse, considered themselves the "lucky" ones as they spoke to the Townsville Bulletin while recovering at home from a morning they will never forget.

The parents were among a group of five cyclists injured after allegedly being mowed down from behind by a car at Mount Louisa this week.

The man alleged to be responsible faced court yesterday head bowed in the dock, as multiple cyclists remained in hospital.

 

 

John and Kirsteen Masson back at their North Ward home following the mulpiple bike accident in Mt Louisa. Picture: Evan Morgan
John and Kirsteen Masson back at their North Ward home following the mulpiple bike accident in Mt Louisa. Picture: Evan Morgan

Dr Masson said the morning started like every Wednesday - a 50km ride that covered the ideal cycling stretch of Dalrymple Rd, accompanied by their cycling buddy, Dianne Graham.

Two riders from their usual group decided to sleep in that morning, but they soon merged with separate cyclists, Jade Connor and Brad Wilton.

Brad Wilton was among five cyclists hit by a car on their morning ride at Dalrymple Rd.
Brad Wilton was among five cyclists hit by a car on their morning ride at Dalrymple Rd.

"Everything was fine. We were in the cycle lane and didn't see or hear anything," Dr Masson said.

"Then all of a sudden everything was flying around … it was like I was watching six or seven frozen pictures of it all unfold in front of me."

The experienced cyclist of 15 years knew something "major" had happened when he started to piece it together while he lay injured and distressed on the side of the road.

 

 

Five cyclists were injured when they were hit by a car along Dalrymple Road at Mount Louisa about 5.40am Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The car involved then left the scene. Photo: Evan Morgan
Five cyclists were injured when they were hit by a car along Dalrymple Road at Mount Louisa about 5.40am Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The car involved then left the scene. Photo: Evan Morgan

He blacked out, lost track of time, and opened his eyes to a crowd of people helping the group, directing traffic and frantically calling paramedics.

All five cyclists were rushed to hospital as police tried to piece together what happened.

The Massons were released from Townsville University Hospital late on Wednesday night. He suffered broken ribs and Mrs Masson was confined to crutches for a fractured pelvis. Their friends were less fortunate.

Ms Connor, a Townsville lawyer for North Queensland Women's Legal Service, has undergone leg surgery and suffered a fractured pelvis, back and neck.

Townsville lawyer, Jade Connor was among five cyclists hit by a car on Dalrymple Rd Wednesday morning.
Townsville lawyer, Jade Connor was among five cyclists hit by a car on Dalrymple Rd Wednesday morning.

Her riding partner, Mr Wilton, and Thrive Pharmacy Annandale pharmacist Ms Graham also remained in hospital.

They are expected to endure weeks of recovery.

Thrive Pharmacy employee Dianne Graham was among five cyclists hit on their more ride on Wednesday.
Thrive Pharmacy employee Dianne Graham was among five cyclists hit on their more ride on Wednesday.

The horrific event also took a toll on the health workers, with Dr Masson's colleagues left to look after his patients while he recovers.

The gastroenterologist will be restricted to consultations and unable to complete physical procedures.

Despite the horrific incident, Dr Masson was focused on the positive aspects.

"Focusing on the negatives doesn't take us forward. I would rather celebrate the medical staff who looked after us," he said.

Dr Masson praised the first responders, medical and hospital staff for their excellent care.



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