Cyclist killed in crash: A cyclist in the U.K. was killed during a race by a car forcing officials to call off the race, it was reported.
A British cyclist was killed in a car crash during a road race in the United Kingdom. Junior Heffernan, 23, was involved in a collision with the vehicle in Gloucestershire while he was taking part in the Severn Bridge Road Race, reported The Associated Press.
He died later from his injuries, reported the BBC. The race was called off after he was hit.
Avon and Somerset Police told the broadcaster that the car that hit him was traveling in the opposite direction.
“This is a tragedy which will profoundly sadden everyone associated with cycling in this country,” said British Cycling president Brian Cookson, according to AP.
There were a number of tributes to Hefferman after he died.
Team Herbalife Leisure Lakes Bikes, which he rode with, told the BBC: “His outgoing personality and infectious nature meant that, for the short time that his team-mates knew him, he was welcomed and well liked by all and the team were excited by the prospect of seeing him race.”
“Junior was an exceptional climber who was signed to strengthen the team in this field,” it added.
Steve Ferguson, his training partner, said Hefferman “was such a talented athlete and bike rider. Hearing this news is like having my stomach torn out,” according to the Daily Mail.
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