A Queensland cyclist has recalled the terrifying moment he was thrown from his bike early on Sunday morning.
“It’s just malicious… it’s a criminal act, it’s not a prank,” cyclist Peter Duncan, from Mountain Creek on the Sunshine Coast, told 7 News.
The 56-year-old says he did not see the garden hose, which was deliberately strung up across the street, until it was too late.
“It was just a split second that I saw something blue. I didn’t even have time to brake, it just grabbed me and just threw me,” Mr Duncan, who was riding his bike about 5.40am on Sunday in Mooloolaba, said.
“All I remember is going up in the air and coming down hard on my back.”
The hose had been strung up between two shrubs on opposite sides of Goonawarra Drive near Quondong Street. Mr Duncan was unable to see the hose due to low lighting.
He fell from his bike and was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
The injury will see Mr Duncan out of work for at least a month as he recovers from a broken collarbone and eight fractured ribs.
“In hindsight, I hope that perhaps I may have saved someone’s life because I’m here to speak, but had it been a motorbike or a young kid, they’d have no hope,” he said.
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“I just wish that people would have some common sense and just be mindful and respectful to each other and themselves.”
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or similar ones in the area to contact them.
In addition, police urge residents living on Palm Drive, Tombarra Street, Pettigrew Street and Kalinda Avenue who may have CCTV or dashcam to come forward.