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Willesden Green collision: Cyclist’s injuries ‘not life-threatening or life-changing’ after Brondesbury Park crash

PUBLISHED: 12:18 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:48 24 October 2018

The accident saw a man cycling with a child knocked off his bike. Picture: Daniel Kulakov

The accident saw a man cycling with a child knocked off his bike. Picture: Daniel Kulakov

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A cyclist was left with broken ribs and internal bleeding after a collision with a car in Willesden Green on Friday.

Humphrey Milles was attended to by the police and ambulance service after the crash. Picture: Daniel KulakovHumphrey Milles was attended to by the police and ambulance service after the crash. Picture: Daniel Kulakov

Humphrey Milles, 41, was returning from dropping his daughter at school when he was caught up in the accident at the junction of Brondesbury Park and Staverton Road.

The car involved in the incident, which took place at around 9.15 am was a silver people carrier.

Humphrey, a father-of-two, remains in hospital

The police and ambulance services both attended the scene, and Mr Milles was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington where is receiving treatment for three broken ribs, internal bleeding, ruptures to his liver, kidney trauma and damage to his adrenal gland.

Humphrey Milles was attended to by the police and ambulance service after the crash. Picture: Daniel KulakovHumphrey Milles was attended to by the police and ambulance service after the crash. Picture: Daniel Kulakov

Humphrey, who lives in Churchill Road, Willesden, told the Times: ”As I neared the junction he pulled straight out to turn right at precisely the wrong moment. 
“I hit the front of his car and flew over the handle bars onto his bonnet and windscreen smashing the glass, landing directly on my chest and abdomen.”

He added that the driver had accepted liability for the crash.

A police spokesperson said: “Police were called at approximately 09:15hrs on Friday, 19 October to reports of a collision between a car and a cyclist on Brondesbury Park, NW2.”

Photographer Daniel Kulakov was on the scene in the aftermath of Humphrey’s accident.

He told this newspaper: “He was on the ground in the road, unmoving. His child was by the side of the road, crying. His partner had come running and very quickly – she was understandably shocked and crying.”

Earlier this year Humphrey launched an independent campaign to reduce air pollution, which – speaking to this newspaper from his hospital bed – he tied into the accident.

He added: “There are a lot of cyclist campaigners pushing for safer rules on the road for cyclists, when this finally happens and the roads become safer it will encourage more cyclists – as a lot of people are fearful to cycle in this town because of the high and worrying accident rates.

“We need safer roads for cyclists to help encourage cycling and reduce short car journeys, thus reducing air pollution.”

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