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Stroke survivor hit by car on charity bike ride in South Australia


A stroke survivor who was struck by a car in South Australia while on a charity trike ride, has vowed to get back on the road again.

Tommy Quick, originally from Melbourne, was struck by a car near Greenock in the Barossa Valley yesterday, as he attempted to cycle between the four furthest points of Australia.
Tommy Quick was  medevaced to Adelaide after the crash.
Tommy Quick was medevaced to Adelaide after the crash. (9News)

Posting to Facebook from Adelaide Hospital, Mr Quick today confirmed he shattered his pelvis in the accident.

“I’m feeling alright but unfortunately I had a car accident, or car – trike accident,” he said from a hospital bed.

Tommy Quick shattered his pelvis in the accident and has to undergo surgery.
Tommy Quick shattered his pelvis in the accident and has to undergo surgery. (Facebook: The 4 Points Australia)
“I shattered my pelvis, going to surgery.

“Long road of recovery. I’m going to get back on that trike.”

The 28-year-old said his three-wheeled bicycle – known as a recumbent trike – had been destroyed in the crash.

Mr Quick had cycled an impressive 3500 kilometres through Western Australia and South Australia on the trike.

His parents could only watch in horror as the car swerved across the road — and into their son.

“This car just screamed across in front of us,” Rena Fisken, Mr Quick’s mother, said.

“There’s smoke and you knew it wasn’t going to miss Tom”.

Tommy's parents are now by his side.
Tommy’s parents are now by his side. (9News)

He was raising awareness for stroke, which he said kills more people a year than breast and prostate cancers combined.

When Mr Quick was 12, he suffered a life-changing stroke that put in hospital for “just short of five months”.

Earlier this month, Tommy Quick passed the 3000 kilometre point. The total journey would stretch 9000 kilometres.
Earlier this month, Tommy Quick passed the 3000 kilometre point. The total journey would stretch 9000 kilometres. (Facebook: The 4 Points Australia)
Mr Quick's route had taken him through the Nullarbor Plain in South Australia.
Mr Quick’s route had taken him through the Nullarbor Plain in South Australia. (Facebook: The 4 Points Australia)

On his website he said the stroke started as a “dull headache”.

“(It) quickly began to get a lot worse,” he said, saying he took an aspirin.

“I finished it and yet my headache got progressively worse, quickly. Five minutes later I lost consciousness.”

Mr Quick woke up in hospital from an induced coma five weeks later, and had to learn how to walk, talk, and eat again.



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