Swansea Magistrates Court has heard that a van driver who knocked a cyclist down drove off because he was unaware of the accident. The first time the driver was aware of the collision was when police tracked him down and arrested him at work. The cyclist suffered from head and leg injuries as a result of the accident but has been able to return to work since.
Anwen Evans, prosecuting, said the driver had been pulling out of Weig Fach Lane in Fforestfach on to Station Road at around 8am when he collided with the cyclist. The van driver then continued his journey and was arrested later that morning. He stated in his police interview that he didn’t stop because he didn’t know he had hit the cyclist.
The van driver, who has been a professional driver for 30 years, pleaded guilty to driving without due care an attention. The prosecution withdrew the charge of failing to stop after an accident.
Rosalind Emsley-Smith, for the defence, said: “He is deeply regretful that he did not see the young lady.
“He accepts entirely that he should have looked more carefully — he knows he should have look a second, third or even fourth time.”
The driver was handed a fine of £225 and 6 points on his license. He also paid £85 in prosecution costs.
Chairman of the bench, Barry Arnold, advised him that drivers must be “very aware” of the increasing number of cyclists on the roads.