Sentencing and the courts

David Evans, Tameside, Greater Manchester, March 2010

David was left seriously injured when he was hit by an un-licenced driver who failed to give way at a crossroads. His injuries included a punctured lung, broken collar bone, broken nose, broken eye socket, bleeding on the brain, and all his ribs broken on his left side. David was off work for eight months.

Nigel Barclay, Banstead, Surrey, March 2012

Nigel was cycling along a quiet residential road when a driver coming from the opposite direction turned right into Nigel’s side of the road and hit him side on. Nigel suffered multiple injuries and was attended to at the scene by Surrey Air Ambulance before being taken to hospital where he remained for 2 months, spending the first 12 days on life support.

Lesley Stacy-Marks, Bath, Somerset, March 2013

Lesley was knocked off her bike by a taxi driver who clipped her rear wheel as he turned left behind her. Lesley suffered 3 broken bones in her pelvis. She was wheelchair bound for 13 weeks and had to have physiotherapy for 2 months.

Lesley was asked by the police whether she wanted the driver to be prosecuted or to attend a driver alertness course.

Elaine McKnight, Croydon, Surrey, May 2009

Elaine was hit by a car driver who overtook her but underestimated the speed she was travelling at and hit her as the car pulled back in. Elaine was thrown head first over her handlebars. At the scene of the collision the driver claimed she hadn’t seen Elaine, which seems implausible as she had manoeuvred to overtake her.

Terence Jones, Swanwick, Derbyshire, October 2010

Terence was knocked from his bicycle on a roundabout by a car driver, then run over by a van pulling a trailer, both of which had entered the roundabout from a fast A-road.

Terence spent six days in a critical care unit and three more days in hospital.

Jerry Pomroy, Woodbridge, Sufoolk, September 2009

Jerry was hit by a car driver who had approached from the opposite direction and turned right across his path ‘broadsiding’ him. The driver claimed he had been dazzled by sunlight. Jerry hit the car’s bonnet and windscreen and landed head first 5 metres away.

Tony Hilson, Twyford, Berkshire, September 2012

Tony was killed whilst out on a Sunday morning ride on an open road with exceptionally good visibility. The driver who killed him when she drove into the back of him hadn’t seen him because she had been fiddling with her satnav. She effectively drove blind for almost 20 seconds whilst looking at her satnav, covering a distance of 500 metres.

Sarah-Charlotte Peace, Oswestry, Shropshire, August 2012

Sarah-Charlotte, or S-C as she prefers to be called, is a qualified yoga instructor, registered exercise professional and design teacher, with a passion for cycling.

S-C was due to start a new job as a design teacher which coincided with plans to expand her yoga instruction when very suddenly her life was thrown upside down and her career plans destroyed by a driver’s irresponsible behaviour.

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