Ben Madden


I recently learned of this awfully tragic story involving a teenage cyclist and a deer. It just goes to show, ANYTHING can happen, and its not just the traffic that can pose a danger to cyclists.
RIP Ben.
Please please please, wear a helmet.

A teenager died after a deer ran into his path as he cycled along a country lane with friends.

Ben Madden, 15, was thrown to the ground and suffered head injuries when the animal leapt out and collided with his front wheel in Elloughton Dale, East Yorkshire. The deer then ran off.
The teenager was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary where he died on Sunday after being in a coma for four days.

Scenic: The teenager had been cycling in East Yorkshire's Elloughton Dale when the accident happened
Friends who were cycling with him revealed the teenager was not wearing his cycling helmet at the time of the accident.

The keen sportsman lived with father Darren, 45, mother Kate, 45, and sister Evie, 14, in Brough, two miles from the scene of the accident.

Tributes have been pouring in for the popular schoolboy, who attended South Hunsley School in Brough, East Yorkshire, and was a keen footballer.

A Facebook page set up in his memory has attracted more than 2,500 members.

School friends of the teenager also posted a string of emotional messages online.

Humberside Police confirmed Ben died at Hull Royal Infirmary after spending time in a coma.

From the Daily Mail, 2 August, 2011

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