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Cyclist could have killed me: skateboarder

Mark Hughes is still hurting five days after he was knocked off his skateboard.
Mark Hughes is still hurting five days after he was knocked off his skateboard. Mark Hughes

A SKATEBOARD versus bicycle crash on Captain Cook Dr last Thursday could've been fatal according to skateboarder Mark Hughes.

Mr Hughes claims he was intentionally knocked off his board by a couple in their late 50s as he was bombing down the hill towards Seventeen Seventy at a "pretty quick" speed.

The Airlie Beach resident shouted as he approached them heading the opposite direction.

"He put his brake on and flicked the back wheel at me," he said.

"They had all the time in the world to see me. It could have killed me.

"People should be warned that it is dangerous to ride a skateboard there if these people are around."

He said he suffered a broken arm, dislocated shoulder and grazes on his arms and legs.

"An ambulance came and I was in the worst pain you could imagine for the hour and a half ride to Gladstone Hospital," he said.

Currently unemployed, Mr Hughes lives on a yacht in Airlie Beach and had caught a bus down to pick his car up.

After leaving the hospital he had to hitchhike back to Seventeen Seventy to try again but without a shirt after the hospital cut it off.

"When I got to Seventeen Seventy I bought this beautiful shirt and got the girls in the store to help me put it on," he said.

"I drove the car back to Airlie Beach with one arm and got a fine for speeding because I was going 114kmhr down a hill.

"Back in Airlie I went to take my shirt off I couldn't and had to rip it. This has cost me a fortune"

Mr Hughes said he was supposed to start a training course yesterday and begin work in a couple of weeks but will now have to postpone the course.

"This guy got away with it scot-free and I am down quite a few $1000," he said.

"I was knocked off my skateboard deliberately and I don't want it to happen to somebody else."

Topics:  crash, editors picks, gladstone, seventeen seventy, skateboard




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