CAT & FIDDLE CRASH: Driving instructor’s battle to save cyclist

The accident happened on the A537 Cat and Fiddle Road on Tuesday at around 5.20pm. Police are appealing for witnesses.
The accident happened on the A537 Cat and Fiddle Road on Tuesday at around 5.20pm. Police are appealing for witnesses.
  • Instructor came across scene of collision between cyclist and Renault Clio on A537
  • Roadside CPR administered in desperate bid to save cyclist’s life
  • Family of deceased pay tribute to ‘loving father, husband, brother and son’
  • Buxton man, 41, arrested and bailed as police issue appeal for witnesses

A Buxton driving instructor has described how he battled in vain to save a cyclist’s life following a crash on the Cat and Fiddle road.

Ian Brown was teaching a lesson on Tuesday when he came across the scene of the collision, involving a blue Renault Clio and a cyclist, on the A537 Buxton New Road, near Macclesfield.

Guy Wharton

Guy Wharton

Ian, 55, from Abacus Driving School, said: “I’m a trained first aider and even with a student in the car I couldn’t just drive past.

“A nurse was already on the scene and between us we performed CPR on the chap for more than 15 minutes.”

Paramedics soon arrived and Ian, who lives on Lathkill Grove in Fairfield, let the professionals take over, but sadly their efforts proved in vain and the man died.

Ian said: “When I was working on him his eyes glazed over but I didn’t stop. Now I don’t know if I did enough, I keep going over it in my head.”

He added: “You do what you have to do, but I don’t feel there is enough emotional support for people who are first aid trained after the event. I keep having flashbacks to how he was when he was lying there, which must be nothing to what his family are going through.”

Cheshire police yesterday (Wednesday) named the cyclist as 46-year-old Guy Andrew Wharton, from Bollington.

In a statement, Mr Wharton’s family paid tribute, saying: “We are deeply shocked and saddened at the sudden and tragic loss of Guy, a loving father, husband, brother and son. He was a passionate cyclist and loved riding in the hills. He will be greatly missed.”

Ian added: “This was a terrible tragedy for the family who got heart-breaking news and it weighs heavily on my mind and my heart goes out to them completely.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision, which happened at around 5.20pm on Tuesday, and has information is urged to contact Cheshire police on 101, quoting incident 688 of June 7.

• Police said a 41-year-old man, from Buxton, has been arrested and released on bail. An investigation is ongoing.