Case Study

Driver fined £55 and given 3 penalty points for leaving cyclist with broken limbs

Incident date: 
Wed, 14 Nov 2012

49-year-old Thomas McAteer, from Grimsargh, near Preston, admitted a charge of careless driving. On November 14th 2012, McAteer hit the cyclist – who is not named in reports – on D’Urton Lane, Preston.

The court heard that McAteer had intended to turn left at the junction with Haighton Green Lane, but failed to give way. He hit the rider who was travelling ahead on the road.

Prosecutors said, “The cyclist was knocked off his bike and sustained a broken femur, a fractured elbow and soft tissue damage to his back.

“He also spent a number of weeks in hospital due to the seriousness of his injuries.”

The road was dry and the weather described as “fine”.

McAteer was ordered to pay a £55 fine, £43 costs and a victim surcharge of £20. He was also handed three penalty points.

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