National youth swimmer and triathlete Jeremia Christy Suriadi, who hopes to represent Singapore in the SEA Games next year, was injured last week after being hit by a lorry.
The Singapore Sports School student, 17, was cycling along Woodlands Avenue 12, on her way to meet her coach in Gambas Avenue, when the accident happened. She was apparently flung off her bicycle and landed 8m away.
She has compression fractures in seven vertebrae and a fractured hip bone. She is recovering at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
Her father, horticulturist Trijanto Anton Suriadi, 48, said: "She's still in pain and it will take time for her to recover. She's very upset as she has two triathlons next month. She wants to represent Singapore at the SEA Games, and we are still hopeful about that."
She took first place in the Junior Distance category of the Singapore Aquathlon last month and came in third for the Junior Sprint at the International Triathlon Union Asian Cup held in Singapore in August.
While it was not a case of hit-and-run, Mr Suriadi is appealing for eyewitnesses to come forward to "better understand exactly what happened".
Police confirmed that they received a call at 7.01am last Monday. Investigations are ongoing.
There have been other accidents this year involving cyclists and heavy vehicles. In July, a cyclist in his 70s was fatally run over by a truck near the National Library. In March, another cyclist, 44, died after a lorry hit him in Paya Lebar Road.
This article was first published on Oct 13, 2014.
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