By: MARCUS GARCIA
A former Visalia resident was in the middle of a deadly terrorist attack while riding his bike on London’s Westminster Bridge on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017.
Charles Heaney, who is 44, was headed to meet his girlfriend after finishing a conference near the British Parliament. He rode his bike on that day. While he was stopped at a red light, he turned to a rider next to him and saw a black SUV barreling toward them.
“I saw a vehicle coming against me,” he said. “I saw it hit four people. Two went flying into the air.”
Ambulances arrived within 10 minutes and, in that time, Heaney managed to determine who was severely injured and needed to be treated immediately. Heaney attended Visalia’s Willow Glen Elementary School before attending Green Akers Middle School for a year. His mother sent him to a boarding school in Ireland when he was 14. He finished his medical training in London, where he has lived for the past 10 years.