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Injured Canadian cyclist hurt in crash praises 'super special' support from people of Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 09:09 25 June 2013

Gino Schincariol, left, recuperating after the crash with Stephen Bett, right. Pic: Submitted.

Gino Schincariol, left, recuperating after the crash with Stephen Bett, right. Pic: Submitted.

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A 69-year-old from Canada who was knocked off his bike and seriously injured during a cycling holiday to Norfolk has hailed the "super special" support he's received from people in the county following his ordeal.

Gino Schincariol, from Windsor, Ontario, arrived in London at the start of June as part of a cycling trip which would see him cycle a loop of the eastern region.

The father and grandfather of two had already biked from Cambridge to Ely and Ely to King’s Lynn and had set out on the Lynn to Norwich leg of the adventure on June 7 when he was struck by a van on the B1145 between the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Great Massingham.

Mr Schincariol suffered serious arm injuries and was initially taken to the QEH before being transferred to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where he underwent skin grafts before recuperating at the Annesley House Hotel in Norwich.

Mr Schincariol, who flew back to Canada yesterday, insists he is lucky.

He said: “It was awful luck but if it had to happen it couldn’t have happened in a better location in terms of how wonderful the people have been. How I’ve been treated by everyone in Norwich and Norfolk from the police to the ambulance people to the doctors, that’s been super special for me – they’ve bent over backwards to make up for something they were totally not responsible for.

“That part has been wonderful.”

Mr Schincariol, who has cycled about 4,000 miles across different countries, including Germany, France, United States and his own native Canada, said he feels lucky to be alive.

He said: “I feel extremely lucky because I could’ve been killed.

“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time which is unfortunate but it could have been really, really bad.

“It wasn’t my time.”

Mr Schincariol was taken on a trip to Sandringham by police during his extended stay and was also taken back to Heathrow by a retired police officer.

• A 28-year-old man appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday after being charged with causing injury by dangerous driving after the crash.

James McGuire, of Lode Way, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, has also been charged with driving a vehicle otherwise in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance, failing to stop when required by a constable and aggravated vehicle taking.

He will next appear on September 14 for a plea and case management hearing.

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