Cyclist needs rods inserted into legs and arms after Dublin crash

Posted on: June 13th, 2018

While the extent of the injuries sustained is awful, the fact survival is now the predicted outcome is remarkable. Thames Tavares, a 30-year-old newlywed woman from Brazil, was in a crash involving a car driven by a woman in west Dublin two weeks ago.


A cyclist who was not expected to survive a crash in Dublin two weeks ago has regained consciousness.

And while she is seriously injured and faces a long road to recovery, Thames Tavares is expected to survive.

She suffered multiple broken bones through her body.  And her husband, Dean Pepper, said she needed 60 litres of blood to stop her bleeding to death.

The 30-year-old from Brazil may not walk again; the full extent of her spinal injuries not yet determined.

And her husband has told The Times she needs rods inserted into her legs and arms.

However, with medics having anticipated she would not make it, they have marvelled at her survival.

As well as her spinal injury Thames Tavares also fractured her legs, arms, pelvis and multiple ribs.

And while she has not been able to speak yet, she is conscious. Furthermore, her family has been told she has survived the most critical period.

Mr Pepper, a cycle courier from Tallaght, Dublin, said he now planned to campaign for segregated cycle lanes.

When a cyclist and car collide, as was the case with his wife and a female motorist, he said the cyclist would always come off second best.

And  he now wanted to try and  highlight that problem and to campaign to make things better for cyclists.

“Just as she opened her eyes she started crying,” Mr Pepper said of his wife’s awakening.

“I knew she was aware of what was going on and where she was. It was so hard to see her realise that.

“The first two people she saw were me and her mother, who flew in from Brazil. So it was really emotional.

“I hadn’t left the hospital at all because I wanted to be there when she opened her eyes.

“To get an idea of how bad she was, just picture that the handlebar of the bike was split in half and the back was twisted like a knot.

“It was an old steel bike too and those don’t bend very easily.”

Garda Headquarters issued a statement outlining some of the details of last Friday’s incident.

“Gardaí investigating a serious road traffic collision that occurred on Friday, June 1st, 2018, at approximately 3.30pm on Oak Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, are appealing for witnesses,” it said.

“The collision involved a car and pedal cyclist and the pedal cyclist was removed to Tallaght Hospital with serious injuries.

“The female pedal cyclist (30) remains in hospital in a critical condition and the female driver (31) was uninjured.

“Gardaí are appealing to any persons who may have witnesses the collision or who traveled on the Oak Road on Friday afternoon at approximately 3.30pm, and who may have dash cam equipment, to assist them in their investigation.”

Witnesses, or anyone with information, can contact Clondalkin Garda Station on (01) 6667600. The Garda Confidential Line can also be reached at 1800 666 111.