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Husband grieves after cycling tragedy

By Chris Lines 22/07/2005 09:54:14 PM Comments (0)

Simon Gillett, widower of AIS cyclist Amy Gillett who was killed this week, has spoken of his difficulty in dealing with her death and given thanks for the support he has received.

Gillett has visited the Jena University Clinic to see the five teammates of Amy Gillett, all of whom were badly injured in the freak accident that took her life when a runaway car hit the group while out training.

"I'm coping okay, I'm up and down as you would expect," Gillett said.

"(Amy) was a pretty amazing person. we're just lucky to have had our time with her.

"Everyone's been fantastic, there's good support, I've got a lot of good friends here so I'm doing okay.

"I've been looking at the cycling news websites, and the support and the messages of condolence from all over the world have just been overwhelming."

Gillett arrived in east Germany, and was understood to have viewed his wife's body and then went to the scene of the accident outside the town of Zeulenroda, where a makeshift memorial lay near the road markings to aid the ongoing police investigation of the accident.

He was greeted at the clinic by Dr Raik Schafer, who led the emergency response team that attended the scene of the accident and was the first to attend to Amy, quickly deciding she was beyond resuscitation.

Dr Schafer accompanied him to the ward where Kate Nicholls, Katie Brown and Lorian Graham are recovering from their injuries, and also the intensive care ward where Alexis Rhodes and Louise Yaxley remain in a critical condition.

"I've known them, they think I'm a bit of a clown, I make them laugh," Gillett said.

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