Haywards Heath man thanks undertaker after Ditchling Beacon crash

A CYCLIST has expressed his gratitude to the funeral home, who took him to hospital after crashing into his car.

Stuart Farrell-Humphrey, of Haywards Heath, believes he was driving down Ditchling Beacon at 30mph when he ‘fly’ off his bike into Paul Bowley’s stationary car.

The 48-year-old, who suffered a brain hemorrhage and fractured most of his ribs on his left side, said he remembered coming “to” the middle of the road, being unable to move and seeing a pair “spotless”. Shoes’ before Mr Bowley offered his help and took him to the hospital.

The Argus: The 48-year-old spent a week in the hospitalThe 48-year-old spent a week in the hospital

“I sustained a bilateral traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage and of course fractured most of the ribs on my left side, complete with a series of cuts, bruises and sprains,” said Mr. Farrell-Humphrey.

“If he hadn’t thought quickly and taken me to the hospital, my result might have been very different.”

The father-of-five was training for a charity bike ride for the Sussex Cancer Fund, which he has now postponed when the accident happened on August 5.

Argus: The father of five is an avid cyclistThe father of five is an avid cyclist

“I typically ride 25-30 miles three to four times a week,” he said.

“It was nice and sunny that day and I thought I’d cut it a little early.

“So I decided to drive down Ditchling Beacon and I think I was going about 30mph and flew around the corner.

“All traffic had stopped, they were standing still and I had nowhere to go.

“I literally flew into the back of a car.

“I don’t remember the effects.

“I just woke up in the middle of the street.

“I couldn’t get up, I couldn’t move.

“I looked down and there was this guy with really spotless shoes.

“And that was Paul, he raised his hand and said, ‘Can I help you?’

“I think he came back from a funeral.”

Mr Bowley was with a colleague from P&S Gallagher, which has offices in Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.

They stowed Mr Farrell-Humphrey’s bike in a car and took him to the Princess Royal Hospital on Haywards Heath.

The Argus: Director of the Sussex Cancer Fund David Within visits Mr Farrell-Humphrey in hospitalDirector of the Sussex Cancer Fund David Within visits Mr Farrell-Humphrey in hospital

Mr Farrell-Humphrey was then transferred to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where he spent a week recovering from his serious injuries.

He was recently given the all-clear after a CT scan of his brain and is treating his pain with medication.

“When I try to sleep, it’s a nightmare,” he said.

“And if I sneeze, I get in a little trouble.”

Mr. Farrell-Humphrey, owner of Phoenix Media Marketing Ltd, paid tribute to Mr. Bowley.

He also thanked his wife Lizzi and the medical teams who cared for him.

The Argus: Mr Farrell-Humphrey with his wife LizziMr Farrell-Humphrey with his wife Lizzi

“Hats off, I can’t thank him enough,” he said.

“For someone to do that, they could have just called an ambulance and waited.

“I get a little teary about it.

“One minute I was planning to take the ride and the next minute, bang, I’m in the hospital.

“And my wife dropped everything. Life is full as it is and she was amazing. I couldn’t have a better wife.

“I would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at Princess Royal who saw me for the first time, the paramedics who transported me and the vascular department at Brighton Hospital.

“They were great.”

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