Injured cyclist's help cries ignored by passers by

Lyn Heater was riding her bike on the bridge when she was knocked off by wind force and broke her ribs. She's upset no passers by stopped to help her.
Lyn Heater was riding her bike on the bridge when she was knocked off by wind force and broke her ribs. She's upset no passers by stopped to help her. Natasha Christian

A BRIBIE Island cyclist was left on the side of the Bribie Island bridge with broken ribs as passers by ignored her cries for help.

Fifty-six-year-old Lyn Heater was riding her bike along the bridge pedestrian track when the force from a passing truck caused her to fall into the low crash barrier. "As soon as I hit it I heard my bones break; I knew I was in trouble as I couldn't breathe," she said.

"I couldn't get up and I didn't know what to do."

Ms Heater said she didn't call 000 as she was told during a previous incident that they wouldn't come if she couldn't give them a physical address.

Instead she tried to call her friend Max Spencer, who lived nearby.

Meanwhile she said she saw a man pull up his car just before the bridge, thinking he did so to help.

"I called out to him for help but he just changed a banner on a sign post at the end of the bridge, got in his car and drove off," she said.

Ms Heater said she tried to pick herself up and walk to the end of the bridge but the pain was too much.

"It hurt so much I was crying," she said.

She said she saw two male cyclists coming towards her.

"One tried to go past me, I said to him 'I'm hurt I can't do anything,' and he just lifted his bike over me and walked straight past," she said.

"Then another rider in his 20s came up to me. I told him I was hurt and he said 'that's alright I can get past you,' he went past and did nothing either."

Ms Heater said she was disappointed no one stopped to help her.

"It really upset me; I can't believe I told people I was hurt and they just went straight past me." Eventually she got a hold of Mr Spencer who took her to Caboolture Hospital.

"She had broken ribs, cuts and bruises. It disappoints me to think any one of us could have been in her situation and that no one would stop to offer help," Mr Spencer said.

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