Cyclist killed in crash with car

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   March 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM   |   Comments

March 4 (UPI) -- A British cyclist was killed in a head-on collision with a vehicle during a road race in England Sunday while apparently trying to pass to the front of the race.

Junior Heffernan, 23, was riding the second lap of the 66-mile Severn Bridge Road Race in South Gloucestershire when he collided with a vehicle at high speed. He died as a result of his injuries, Cycling News reported.

Officials have yet to release official details of the crash, but witnesses said Heffernan was trying to pass the peloton -- the pack of riders -- when the accident occurred.

The Severn Bridge race was the first in which "The Heff" was riding with his new team, Team Herbalife-Leisure Lakes. Officials called off the 10-lap race after the crash.

"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."

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