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Greens Jonathan Sri blames cyclists for Brisbane crash

  • Greens councillor is slammed for blaming cyclists for Brisbane crash with a car
  • Five cyclists were hospitalised Friday when a turning car slammed into them  
  • Brisbane Greens councillor Jonathan Sri said ‘the cyclists were going too fast’
  • He was slammed for blaming the victims – who were badly injured in the crash

A Greens councillor has been slammed for claiming cyclists who were badly injured in a car crash were ‘going too fast’ when a car drove into them.

Cyclist Peter Strimatis, 51, broke his wrist and scapula when he went through a car windscreen in West End, Brisbane’s inner city, about 6.20am on Friday. 

He was one of five cyclists taken to hospital after a sedan driving up the hill on Dornoch Terrace tried to do a U-turn as the cyclists were riding down the hill, and the car the and riders collided.

Five cyclists were taken to hospital following the Friday morning crash in Brisbane’s West End

The sedan was driving up the hill on Dornoch Terrace when it attempted to do a U-turn as the cyclists were riding down the hill and slammed into them

The sedan was driving up the hill on Dornoch Terrace when it attempted to do a U-turn as the cyclists were riding down the hill and slammed into them

Brisbane Greens councillor Jonathan Sri interrupted a council transport committee meeting this week to say: ‘The cyclists were going too fast’. 

When questioned about his accusation after the meeting, Cr Sri immediately back peddled and said his comments were ‘taken out of context’.

‘It makes it sound like I’m blaming the cyclists,’ he told The Courier Mail.

Brisbane City Councillor Jonathan Sri (right) speaking to the media after Greens Senator Larissa Waters (left) announced her resignation in Brisbane in July 

Brisbane City Councillor Jonathan Sri (right) speaking to the media after Greens Senator Larissa Waters (left) announced her resignation in Brisbane in July 

Brisbane Greens councillor Jonathan Sri interrupted a council transport committee meeting this week to say: 'The cyclists were going too fast'

Brisbane Greens councillor Jonathan Sri interrupted a council transport committee meeting this week to say: ‘The cyclists were going too fast’

When questioned about his accusation after the meeting, Cr Sri immediately back peddled and said his comments were 'taken out of context'

When questioned about his accusation after the meeting, Cr Sri immediately back peddled and said his comments were ‘taken out of context’

Cr Sri said he meant the 50km/h speed limit was too fast, and not the cyclists’ speed.

Before Cr Sri interjected from the sidelines, committee chairman Adrian Schrinner said speed was not a factor in the crash.

Cr Schrinner said ‘often the knee-jerk kind of comments that come out of this are misinformed… they definitely were in this case’. 

 One cyclist broke his wrist and scapula when he went through the car windscreen in West End, Brisbane's inner city, about 6.20am on Friday

 One cyclist broke his wrist and scapula when he went through the car windscreen in West End, Brisbane’s inner city, about 6.20am on Friday

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