Prayers for cyclist to live
HE was a well-known face around Murwillumbah, scooting around the town on his distinct motorised bicycle.
But Bill Pendergast may not ride again after colliding with a motorcyle in a sickening accident on the Pacific Highway on Thursday.
Mr Pendergast was in a serious condition in Gold Coast Hospital yesterday, suffering severe head injuries after the crash as he was riding back to Murwillumbah from Tweed.
At about midday, Mr Pendergast was travelling south along the Pacific Highway at Chinderah when the crash occurred while crossing the off-ramp leading to Chinderah Road.
Police said Mr Pendergast appeared to have veered into the path of the motorbike which was travelling down the off-ramp.
A witness to the accident said the collision sent them both flying into the air.
An off-duty ambulance officer who happened to be passing by was on the scene within seconds, trying to revive Mr Pendergast.
The elderly man was taken to the Tweed Hospital in a serious condition with severe head, neck and chest injuries.
Ambulance officers worked on the motorcyle rider at the scene, transferring him to hospital with lascerations and injuries to his back and neck.
Friends of Mr Pendergast were yesterday praying for his survival.
They remembered him as an avid photographer who would go anywhere for a good picture.