Cyclist hit by two cars on dangerous Penzance to St Just road praises lifesavers
A CYCLIST hit by two cars on the notoriously dangerous road between Penzance and St Just has praised the local community for helping to save her life.
Zoe Cocksedge, from Carnyorth, was riding home from work when she was clipped by a car and then smashed into an oncoming vehicle's windscreen. Her bike landed 10ft up in a hedge.
The occupational therapist suffered head injuries, bruising and a broken collarbone and does not remember the impact. But she does recall coming to and being helped by a number of people who, she says, may well have saved her life.
"I know I'm very lucky to be here," she said. "The main thing I remember is a lot of people coming to my aid. I'm sure without their quick thinking and care and attention I may not have survived.
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"I'll be forever grateful for their kindness."
The 42-year-old, who had been preparing to go on a walking holiday with her partner, a nurse, just two days later, said the community spirit had extended beyond the help she received in the accident itself.
"I don't want to name anyone in particular – everyone in St Just and Carnyorth has been really encouraging, making sure I'm OK," she said.
"I have had fantastic support from people, family and friends."
After the accident she was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro and is still recovering.
She said she is yet to recover the full use of her right hand and is suffering from fatigue and memory difficulties.
However, the Mounts Bay Harriers runner said she hopes to be back working and on her bike as soon as possible.
"I tried to go back to work but I found I couldn't concentrate fully," she said. "I'm not great at the moment but hopefully I'm back soon.
"I want to get on my bike again – I think I'm going to cycle the route to make sure I don't have any lasting problems with it mentally."
But Ms Cocksedge added she has reservations about some road users and said many need to be more alert and careful.
"Some people just don't slow down, or overtake when they shouldn't. It's about being aware.
"People can be very dangerous."
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