Dursley Rugby Club player in critical condition after collision
A DURSLEY Rugby Club player remains in a serious condition in Frenchay Hospital after being involved in a car accident in the town at the weekend.
The 19-year-old from Berkeley suffered neck injuries in the incident, in which a grey Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin came off Dursley Road in Sandpits at around 4.50am on Sunday (September 15).
The 4x4 SUV mounted the pavement and headed into the hedges alongside the road before colliding with a concrete bench and a rubbish bin. No other vehicle was involved.
Three ambulances were sent to the scene and the former Wycliffe College student was taken to Frenchay Hospital with injuries described at the time as "life threatening".
The family of the injured teenager has requested that the Gazette does not give his name.
An 18-year-old woman from Dursley was arrested on suspicion of drink driving following the collision. She has been bailed to return to the police station on Thursday, December 5, pending further enquiries.
There were several passengers in the car and four men, aged between 20 and 25, were also arrested following the incident.
Three of the individuals were arrested on suspicion of drink driving, while the other was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. No further action is being taken against them.
The road was closed for approximately seven hours whilst the emergency services worked at the scene.
A Gloucestershire Police spokeswoman said an investigation was always carried out after any serious collision and it takes time.
When asked by the Gazette whether everybody involved in the incident was in the car at the time, the spokesman responded that it was a matter for the police investigation.
"He remains in a very serious condition in hospital," she said.
According to Dursley Rugby Club’s marketing manager Angus McCubbin, fellow players Jack Robson and Simon Camm were also involved in the accident.
"Unfortunately three of our players, after the game on Saturday afternoon, were involved in a car accident and one of them is in hospital with neck injuries," he said.
"We’re all very concerned. Are thoughts are with the players who were involved in the accident. Until the prognosis is known and he is out of danger, the family do not wish to comment."
At midday Wednesday the injured teenager was described as in a "critical but stable condition" by a North Bristol NHS Trust spokesman.
Pete Brown, 66, who lives on Lambsdowne opposite the site of the collision, said he could not see the scale of the damage to the car because it was embedded in the hedges when he drove past at 7.45am on Sunday morning.
"They were lucky they missed the lamp post," he said.
"There were three policemen there. I think they were checking the road and marking it out."
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