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Injured cyclist aided by Hammond
Richard Hammond
Hammond recently crashed at 288mph
Top Gear host Richard Hammond helped a teenager who crashed outside the presenter's Gloucestershire home.

Mr Hammond and his wife Mindy went to the aid of Adam Gellatly, 19, when he hit a tree at 35mph and was thrown on to the road in Redmarley.

The teenager was given four stitches to his elbow, and suffered bruising in the accident.

The 36-year-old presenter was recently badly injured when he crashed a jet powered car at 288mph.

His wife came to collect me at hospital about four hours later because my parents were away
Adam Gellatly
Mr Gellatly, an occupational health worker who cycles 50 miles-a-day, was dazzled by headlights from a car when he lost control of his bike.

He said: "I couldn't see where I was going and I hit a tree which had fallen across the road. It was quite a spectacular fall.

"A woman got out of car to help me and went to Richard's house.

"He and his wife came down with blankets and a pillow for me while I waited for an ambulance.

"It was all a bit surreal. His wife came to collect me at hospital about four hours later because my parents were away."

Mr Hammond suffered brain injuries when he crashed a Vampire car at Elvington airfield, York, in September, as he attempted to break the British land speed record.

The father-of-two is on course to make a full recovery after leaving hospital five weeks after the crash.

Mr Gellatly cycles 250 miles a week as part of a rigorous fitness programme to help him ski at international level.

The teenager was part of the English Alpine Team until last year and hopes to represent Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics.




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