Cyclist praises men that lifted car to save her life

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Claire Pepper cycling accident

A cyclist has praised the actions of passers-by who turned a Volkswagen Golf on its side so paramedics could treat her injuries more effectively, it has been revealed.

Claire Pepper, a 27-year-old fashion photographer from London, collided with the hatchback while cycling home through Spitalfields, east London and suffered concussion as well as a broken collarbone.

She praised the passers-by from her hospital bed last night, telling The Eveing Standard: "They saved my life. I cannot thank them enough, I was super lucky, I could have died."

Ms Pepper also praised the bicycle helmet she had bought just two days before the accident, claiming that if it wasn't for the protective headwear, she would have almost certainly have suffered serious head injuries.

"I still can't figure out how it happened," she told The Daily Mail.

"I left work and had been cycling for about 10 minutes. I remember being on my bike and the next thing I was waking up in hospital at 2am," she added.

The men who helped lift the car were taxi drivers and passing motorists who rushed to the scene where they found Ms Pepper unconscious.

Shehryar Taj, 20, who helped at the scene told The Daily Mail: "We held the car up for as long as we could. The woman was unconscious and we were doing everything possible. We were glad we could help."

Ms Pepper added: "I'm really lucky to be alive. If anything comes out of this, I want to urge people to wear helmets as they can save lives."