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British cyclist Junior Heffernan killed in crash during road race

March 05, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Junior Heffernan competes in the Severn Bridge Road Race on Sunday.
Junior Heffernan competes in the Severn Bridge Road Race on Sunday. (John Pierce / PhotoSport…)

British cyclist Junior Heffernan was killed in a head-on collision with a vehicle during a road race in South Gloucestershire, England on Sunday.

Heffernan, 23, was riding the second lap of the 66-mile Severn Bridge Road Race when he attempted to pass a pack of riders. He collided with a vehicle and died as a result of his injuries.

"This is a tragedy which will profoundly sadden everyone associated with cycling in this country," said British Cycling President Brian Cookson. "My thoughts are with Junior's family and with his friends."

It is not known if the vehicle was moving or stationary, or if passing was allowed on that section of the course. Avon and Somerset Police have interviewed riders, officials and spectators but no arrests have been made.

Officials canceled the remainder of the race after the crash.

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