Mum reflects on cyclist son's brush with death near Mold


Robert Doman

THE victim of a horrifying accident whose mother feared he was dead has spoken of his recovery on the anniversary of the crash.

Sam Bristow was 15 when he was involved in a rush-hour collision near Mold as he rode his bike while helping friends with a paper round on September 2 last year.

The youngster from Penyffordd suffered terrible injuries as a result, breaking his leg in four places and suffering two broken cheekbones and other facial and shoulder injuries.

After the accident, his mum Jane said she feared she could have been planning for her son’s funeral as he spent a total of three weeks at Wrexham's Maelor Hospital.

Sam’s leg remained pinned in a protective cage until a few days before Christmas.

He missed more than two months of school in his GCSE year but, after receiving his results, Sam’s preparing to return to the Alun School’s sixth-form in Mold to study for his A-levels. He knows he’s lucky to be alive following the collision.

Sam, now 16, said: “I can’t remember much about the accident – I just remember being in hospital.

“I felt very ill but I know I’m lucky.

“I was going in and out of consciousness in the ambulance and on the day I went into hospital.

“I was there for a week initially but then stayed for another two weeks.

“Then I did some physio at the hospital and carried on with it at home.”

The incident involving a car happened at about 8.30am a year to the day yesterday on the A5119 Mold-Sychdyn road.

Drivers had rushed to administer first aid before paramedics and police arrived, with witnesses describing the scene as “horrible”.

After the crash, Jane told the Leader she feared her son had been killed after receiving an early morning call telling her Sam had been struck by a car.

And speaking on the anniversary of the incident yesterday she said: “It was quite a traumatic time for us. I feared the worst.

“We’ve put it all behind us now but he missed more than two months of school.”

Sam revealed he grew accustomed to seeing himself in the Leader as the newspaper kept tabs on his recovery and has kept the cuttings to remind him of how the incident unfolded.

“I’ve still got all of those newspapers,” said the Liverpool FC supporter who will study A-levels in photography, media and film studies.

“I’m back enjoying playing football and doing athletics now.

“But the accident has made me become a bit more aware when I am out on my bike,” he added.

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