x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Arab champ one of many victims of UAE's 'deadly' roads

A UN report on road safety in 2009 revealed that the UAE's roads were among the deadliest in the world.

ABU DHABI // Arab triathlon champion Roy Nasr's tragic death is the latest in a string of road accidents among cyclists in the UAE.

David Knight, a former serviceman and a keen athlete, was killed after being hit by a car while cycling near the Global Village exit of the Dubai Bypass Road in November 2011.

The Australian, 42, was alone on his way home to Motor City after a 120-kilometre ride with a 30-person cycling group and a support car.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at a Dubai hospital.

In July 2009, triathlete Mark Pringle died about five weeks after being the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Abu Dhabi.

He was struck while out training for three hours on his bicycle.

The 49-year-old Australian had won 33 races during his decade-long career, including the Australian Ironman title.

Pringle was also the swimming director for the Australian triathlon team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

A UN report on road safety in 2009 revealed that the UAE's roads were among the deadliest in the world.

The Global Status Report on Road Safety said road users here were almost seven times more likely to be killed than those in Britain.

* Caline Malek