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Cyclist’s Story

A road-racer was injured in a car crash but a passer-by stopped to save his life.

Lance Anderson, 26, of Riverside Way, Oxdown, was hit by joy riders on Radcliffe Mount yesterday.

But passer-by Joanne Pinto, 54, of Church Way, Oxdown stopped and with the first aid she knew, saved the cyclist’s life.

She said: “It was awful. He was blue and appeared to have stopped breathing.”

In the Oxshire Road Race Championship, a red Ford Escort was racing round the bend where Lance was cycling.

The uncontrollable car driver crashed into the cyclist- then carried on speeding up the hill. Lance, father of two-year-old son was seriously injured.

Mrs Pinto said that she checked his pulse and administered the kiss of life, hoping to save the cyclist’s life.

She said: “To my immense relief, after a couple of minutes, he started to breathe and some colour returned to his face.”

Passer-by Joanne also added an ambulance arrived within minutes. She was later told by St Mary’s Hospital, Oxdown, that Lance was critically ill with multiple injuries however, her first aid had saved his life.

Police arrested two joyriders who were in the Ford Escort and were questioning them.

Lance’s wife Pauline, 24, said later: “I can’t thank Mrs Pinto enough for what she did. The doctors are optimistic that Lance will pull through.”

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