Mytholmroyd Paralympian Karen Darke is “lucky to be alive” after being hit by a car while out training in Cumbria.
The former Calder High School pupil, who won a silver medal in hand cycling at the London 2012 Paralympics, was on a training run near Penrith last Tuesday (June 4) when she was hit by a car. It is understood that her low-slung hand-cycle was hit from behind and the car went over one side of her machine.
Karen, who is recovering in Cumberland Infirmary, suffered nerve damage as a result of the incident and is receiving treatment to arm, neck and shoulder injuries.
But her dad, Mike, said she should make a full recovery in “two to sixth months”.
Mr Darke said: “She’s a very lucky woman. It could have been a lot worse. She’s lucky the car didn’t land on top of her.” The driver, a 57-year-old man from Penrith, was not injured in the collision near Clifton Dykes.
Cumbria Police is investigating the incident.