A Canadian journalist was involved in a serious bicycle accident in Quebec.
Friends and colleagues of highly respected journalist, Isabelle Richer, are thanking their lucky stars that Richer is in stable condition after her bicycle collided with a truck over the weekend.
Richer was cycling in Rougemont, Quebec when the incident occurred.
She sustained several head and spinal injuries from the hit but, regardless, is expected to make a full recovery.
The helmet Isabelle was wearing during the accident was photographed and posted on Twitter by her colleague Marie-Maude Denis. She was at the hospital when Richer’s medical condition was confirmed.
Denis captioned the photo of the helmet with an important message to all cyclists on the road. She wrote:
“(It) saved her life, tell your cyclist friends.”
After her wounds hea,l Richer is expected to begin several months of rehabilitation before she can return to work. She can look forward to starting a new job as co-host on Enquête alongside Denis.
As a justice reporter for Radio-Canada since 1998, she has covered everything from the Hells Angels to the recent murder trial of Luka Magnotta. For over twenty years she has been doing legal affairs reporting for CBC.
Her colleagues view her as a mentor and kind force in the field. Many of them took to twitter to offer their well wishes.
Salimah Shivji is a reporter for CBC news in Montreal. Her tweet read:
“Thinking of Isabelle, her family. Thank god for her helmet: Isabelle Richer gravement blessée dans un accident de vélo”
Another fellow reporter, Sidhartha Banerjee, Tweeted:
“Thoughts with Radio-Canada colleague @IsabelleRicher & hoping for a quick and speedy recovery”
Cycling is the number one cause of head injuries in sports. It’s important for all cyclists to remember that being alive is cooler than not wearing a helmet – Isabelle Richer is proof of that!