Pensioner’s face unrecognisable after bike crash

Richard Pimm
Richard Pimm

An elderly cyclist was badly injured after he fell off his bike and ended up in hospital during his weekly trip to collect fish and chips.

Richard Pimm, 74, blacked out after his bike hit a high grassy bank and he was thrown over the handlebars.

But fortunately his neighbour Pete Warner was nearby.

Mr Pimm, from Eastfield Road, Princes Risborough, said: “I don’t really know what happened. Pete said I went over the handle bars and bounced. He put me in the recovery position and called an ambulance.

“I was admitted to Stoke Mandeville Hospital and totally looked after.

“The NHS is often battered and criticised but they couldn’t have done more for me that’s for sure.”

Mr Pimm, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered a broken cheek bone, bruising to his face, eyes, chin and neck, and grazing to his knees and hands when the accident occurred on the junction between Eastfield Road and The Crescent.

He said people didn’t recognise him because his face was so swollen and bruised.

He stayed overnight at Stoke Mandeville and had a follow-up check-up at the eye clinic, and has been referred to the John Radcliffe Hospital for further checks to his eye socket.

His wife June said: “He’s a real mess. But he likes to keep fit and healthy, so he’ll be back on the bike.”