Cyclist’s search for mystery crash aid

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:23 23 February 2015

Christopher Orlick pictured with air ambulance critical care paramedic Neil Hooper

Christopher Orlick pictured with air ambulance critical care paramedic Neil Hooper


A CYCLIST who suffered a serious head injury when he fell off his bike in Tickenham is now hoping to find the woman who helped him in his hour of need.

Christopher Orlik was treated by the medical team on board the Great Western Air Ambulance after he fell and banged his head outside of The Star Inn pub in Clevedon Road. This included critical care paramedic, Neil Hooper, who he recently met during a visit to the charity’s base.

However, he was also helped by a woman driver who stopped traffic, phoned for an ambulance and continued to talk to him until paramedics arrived.

After an initial search to contact her, he is now again hoping to find her and say thank you.

The 68-year-old, who was cycling to work at Clevedon’s Castlewood offices at the time of the crash in October 2012, said: “I would always wear a helmet going to work but for once I did not as it was in my garage with my usual bike and a friend had lent me a bike to try out.

“The pedals on the borrowed bike were closer to the ground than on my own and by The Star Inn there is a left hand, downhill bend which I would have leant into and probably caught the nearside pedal on the road.

“I sustained a nasty knock on the head and still have the scar.

“For three days in Frenchay Hospital I kept saying I was in Bournemouth and also did not remember any of the people who came to see me.”

Christopher, who lives in Knowle, returned to work three weeks after the crash and also called into the pub to speak to its owners.

He added: “They told me the woman had twice phoned to ask how I was but at the time I had not returned to work and had not been to the pub. I gave the pub people my details and they said they would pass them on if the woman phoned again but I have heard nothing since.”

Anyone who may know the identity of the woman should email Christopher at

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