Swooping magpie causes fatal bike crash

An elderly man has died of head injuries after he was startled by a magpie and crashed his bicycle south of Sydney.

The 76-year-old was riding a pushbike on an off-road path alongside Nicholson Park at Woonona, Wollongong, on Sunday morning when witnesses report he veered off to avoid a swooping magpie.

He collided with a fence post and was thrown to the ground, and suffered serious head injuries. He was airlifted to St George Hospital in a critical condition and died in the evening.

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