News

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



Experts take hundreds of calls from 'sonic boom': Here's their thoughts

WHAT WAS THAT? Owen Bennedick, of Wappa Falls Observatory, was inundated with calls after Gladstone's light display.

See what the experts say about what caused a sonic boom in Gladstone

Flashing light, boom, tremor: What we know so far

In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower as a photographer wipes moisture from the camera lenses Friday, August 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.

What's been ruled out as the cause of flashing light, boom.

WATCH: Government footage of 'fireball' lighting up sky

EARTH TREMORS felt in the Gladstone with footage of bright light.

Local Partners

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

'Flex muscles': Gladstone suburb drops $120K

BUYERS are scooping unprecedented deals by “flexing their muscles at the table”

Few bright lights for property after mining downturn

The Gladstone Regional Council wants associated LNG companies like Bechtel to be apart of the EIS housing accommodation strategy from the outset of the projects and not mid-way through.

Tannum Sands continues to write its own property success story

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Market opens as Gladstone sellers drop prices to force sale

VENDORS are dropping the price on houses to force a sale.