Streatham High Road
The family of a cyclist still undergoing brain rehabilitation 10 months after a crash today appealed for witnesses.
Ali Collier, 38, was left with life-threatening injuries in the collision involving a VW Tiguan “Chelsea tractor” on Streatham High Road at 9pm on June 25 last year. She had been travelling south on the busy main road to meet friends.
The road is on the CS7 cycle superhighway, which is due to be upgraded next year from being an unsegregated lane to a 1.4-mile bi-directional segregated track around Streatham Hill, near where the crash happened.
Ms Collier, who worked for an HR software sales firm and is from Streatham, received life-saving care at King’s College Hospital, in Denmark Hill, where she stayed for almost four months. She was transferred to Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre and spent six months there. She has now been admitted to another specialist brain injury rehabilitation centre to continue her recovery.
According to Ms Collier’s lawyer, Angela Batchelor, police said the driver involved in the collision had no case to answer.
But her family and legal team are appealing for witnesses who could provide information to help secure compensation for her long-term care and rehabilitation.
They are particularly keen to trace the driver of a silver Toyota Prius, which was possibly a minicab. A passenger in the car helped Ms Collier in the aftermath of the collision.
The catastrophic brain injury has affected her memory, concentration and mobility. The rehabilitation has helped her to regain some of her speech, start eating again and start to walk independently.
Before the crash, Ms Collier travelled widely and enjoyed running, cycling and working out. Her father, 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.
“It’s horrible to see how Ali has gone from leading such a busy and independent life to being reliant on others. 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.”
Ms Batchelor, a serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Any detail could be key in helping us secure the ongoing rehabilitation and support Ali needs.”