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Car crashes into group of teenage air cadets

PUBLISHED: 09:25 11 November 2011

Connor Lawson (16) who was hit by a VW Golf while he was out cycling with his friends from air cadets.

Pictured with his damaged bike

Picture: James Bass

Connor Lawson (16) who was hit by a VW Golf while he was out cycling with his friends from air cadets. Pictured with his damaged bike Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

A DAY of cycling ended in serious injuries for a teenage boy after a car was in collision with a group of air cadets.

Four sixth form students, who had recently taken their cycling proficiency test, were on a road near Herringfleet when the incident happened last week.

A black VW Golf was in collision with Great Yarmouth air cadets Connor Lawson and Jake Minshull, both 16.

Both were taken to the James Paget Hospital (JPH), and Jake was left with a collapsed lung, two cracked ribs and a leg injury.

But the pair are now recovering from their injuries and are thankful that it was not worse.

Connor, of Belton, was not wearing a cycle helmet when the incident happened and is urging others to do so after his ordeal.

Jake’s father Darren said the staff at the JPH had praised the paramedics for their rapid treatment of his son’s injury at the scene following the crash at around 3pm last Thursday.

Peter Keeble, a leader of the air cadets’ 221 Great Yarmouth Squadron, said Connor suffered head injuries and cuts and bruises while Jake received a collapsed lung and two cracked ribs as well as a leg injury.

Connor spent the night under observation in hospital while Jake was placed in the high dependency unit due to his condition.

Police attended the scene. The driver, who is male and in his 20s, has not been charged with any crime.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: “The road was closed for around three and a half hours while an investigation took place and the vehicle was recovered.

“The two cyclists were taken to hospital but their injuries were not life threatening or life changing.”


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