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Lifelong cyclist dies after crashing into a fence
10:19am Thursday 12th December 2013 in News
A cyclist who crashed into a fence has died in hospital.
Robert McHardy, 66, was cycling towards Burgess Hill on a cycle path off the A273 London Road in Hassocks when he struck the fence at about 5.15pm on Sunday.
Mr McHardy, of West Street, Burgess Hill, suffered serious head and chest injuries and was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital but died on Tuesday.
In a statement released through police his family said: "Robert was a person who devoted a lot of his time to helping others and working directly on conservation projects across Sussex.
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"He was a lifelong cyclist. He would organise many cycle events and had cycled on many continents across the globe and would love to share his experiences.
"He was a reserved and quiet person and would never ask for praise but would always help others where needed.
"Although semi-retired for the last few years, he was a welder by trade and often made his own bicycles. He would take on agricultural projects to help out farmers and the like.
"Robert leaves behind a younger brother, nieces and nephews."
PC Shirley Ross said: "We know that Mr McHardy got on his bike on the A273 just south of the Keymer Road crossroads and began cycling north towards his home when he struck the fence.
"I would like to speak to anyone who saw the incident or who saw Mr McHardy on his bike on the A273 on Sunday. Please contact us with any information you might have.
"No matter how insignificant you might think your information is, it could be important to the investigation."
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Pensford or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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