Woman Still In Rehabilitation Unit 10 Months On And Lawyers Appeal For Information Over Crash
The family of a cyclist who suffered a life-changing brain injury when a car and her bike collided have backed plans to improve safety on a major London route.
Ali Collier was left fighting for her life after the incident which happened when she was cycling along the A23 Streatham High Road.
The 38-year-old, of Streatham, was taken to Kings College Hospital where she received life-saving care.
She spent almost four months in hospital before she was transferred to Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, where she remained for six months. She has now been admitted to a specialist brain injury rehabilitation centre, in order to continue her recovery.
Family asks lawyers for help after cyclist suffers brain injury
Following the collision Ali’s family instructed Angela Batchelor, an expert serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, to help investigate and secure her access to the specialist care and rehabilitation she requires for her injuries and to rebuild her life.
Her family have now spoken for the first time about the impact the collision has had on Ali’s life and to back plans to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians on the A23.
Appeal for witnesses after A23 Streatham High Road collision
Ali’s family and her legal team are also appealing for witnesses to the collision, which in involved a silver VW Tiguan SUV and happened at the junction of Streatham High Road and Telford Avenue at 9pm on 25 June 2020, to come forward.
They are particularly keen to trace the driver of a silver Toyota Prius, which was possibly an Uber or another taxi. A passenger in the car got out to help Ali in the aftermath of the crash.
Police said the driver involved in the collision had no case to answer.
Expert Opinion“Ali and her family have faced an incredibly difficult period trying to come to terms with the devastating life-changing injuries suffered.
“The emergency services, hospital staff and rehabilitation teams have done a fantastic job in helping Ali. Whilst she is defying the odds, she still faces a battle to rebuild her life.
“Therefore we are appealing for anyone who may have more information or footage of the collision, the moments leading up to it or its aftermath, to get in touch.
“Any detail could be key in helping us secure the ongoing rehabilitation and support Ali needs to overcome her injuries the best she can.
“We also welcome plans to improve safety for all road users on this major route and hope the work can be completed as soon as practical.” Angela Batchelor - Partner
Streatham High Road Collision: Ali Collier's story
Before the collision Ali, one of six siblings, enjoyed running, cycling and working out. She also travelled a lot. In 2019 she spent time volunteering in Greece, supporting refugees.
The catastrophic brain injury suffered has left Ali with an array of difficulties, impacting on her memory and concentration, as well as her mobility. Through her rehabilitation to date, Ali has been managed to regain some of her speech, be able to start eating food again and start to walk independently.
Irwin Mitchell’s Court of Protection team has been legally appointed to be Ali’s deputy, allowing it to make decision on her behalf.
Dad appeals for help after cyclist daughter suffers brain injury
Ali’s dad Clive Collier said: “The whole incident happened in just a few moments but has dramatically changed Ali’s life, probably forever.
“Beforehand she was really fit and healthy and was really independent. She loved going out with her friends and was really sociable.
“But now that has all changed. It’s horrible to see how Ali has gone from leading such a busy and independent life to being reliant on others.
“We can’t thank people enough for everything they‘ve done to help and support Ali following the collision but sometimes it’s hard not to get upset about how her life has changed.
“Getting her back home to her family would be a major boost but we know Ali is going to need ongoing help and support to be able to do so.
“All our family would be so grateful if anyone had any information about the collision which will allow Ali to receive that help. We know Ali would be immensely grateful as well.”
Planned safety improvements on A23
Earlier this year Transport for London announced it was going ahead with plans to create permanent segregated cycle lanes, new pedestrian crossings and reduce speeds limits on the A23 between Sternhold Avenue and Holmewood Road. Access to side roads will also be changed in a bid to combat people using them as rat runs.
It follows several years of discussions about improving road safety on the stretch and a public consultation.
According to TfL, 83 per cent of those who took part in the consultation said that plans would make people feel safer cycling through the area, with 70 per cent saying the same about walking.
Work is expected to start early next year.
Clive added: “The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how everyone gets about. While it’s too late for Ali these changes are vital.
“Anything that allows cyclists, pedestrians and drivers to be safer on the roads has got to be welcome.”
How you can help Ali Collier
Anyone with information about the collision should contact Angela Batchelor at Irwin Mitchell on 0207 421 3915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about Irwin Mitchell's expertise in helping people following road collisions at our dedicated serious injury section. Alternatively to speak to an expert contact us or call 0370 1500 100.