Search

Driver, 72, who knocked cyclist off bike in Wymondham road and abandoned him is banned from driving for six months

PUBLISHED: 08:48 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:47 26 September 2017

Norwich Magistrates' Court. Picture: Denise Bradley.

Norwich Magistrates' Court. Picture: Denise Bradley.

Archant

A cyclist who suffered a broken shoulder and broken ribs when he was knocked off his bike by a 72-year-old motorist had to drag himself to safety after he was “abandoned” by the driver who left the scene.

Bertie Soanes had been driving his Vauxhall Corsa on Chapel Lane, Wymondham, but failed to give way to a cyclist as he emerged from a junction.

Norwich Magistrates Court heard Soanes struck the cyclist who suffered “serious injuries”, including a broken shoulder and four broken ribs.

Soanes told the cyclist he would call an ambulance but then left the scene, leaving the victim to “drag himself to safety”.

A victim impact statement heard the cyclist spent three days in hospital following the incident on March 11 this year.

He was put on strong pain-killing medication, had to take between six and eight weeks off to rest and suffered low mood as a result.

The victim did not fully return to work until July - but still with limited movement in his right shoulder.

He used to go out cycling regularly but did not “go out on his bike as much now” after what happened.

Soanes, of Watton Road, Hingham, appeared at court on Monday, September 25 where he admitted driving without due care and attention and failing to stop.

Disqualifying Soanes from driving for six months, chair of the bench Dick Meadows, said: “What makes this worse is you abandoned the cyclist in the road.”

Mr Meadows said while Soanes might not have realised he had caused serious injuries, the fact he left him there “makes it much worse”.

Soanes was also fined £133 for driving without due care and attention, a further £133 for failing to stop.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Vedrana Pehar, mitigating for Soanes, said he was a man of impeccable character who had never previously had any convictions or driving matters on his record.

She said he accepted responsibility and was “extremely apologetic”.

Ms Pehar added her client had not appreciated what happened at the time of the incident in terms of the injuries caused to the cyclist.

She added he recognised the seriousness of the offence, was “petrified” and also ashamed to be in court for the first time in his life.

Other news

8 minutes ago

Police have arrested two men in connection with drug offences in Wymondham.

08:21

An eye-witness claims to have seen a golden labrador stolen from her home in Old Buckenham near Attleborough.

08:02

Phone users could be streaming video and using their favourite apps in even the worst 4G ‘not-spots’ in Norfolk and Suffolk in 18 months time, according to Vodafone.

Plans for a new discounted railcard for 26 to 30-year-olds will be trialled in East Anglia from next month.

Most Read

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A new store and drive-through coffee shop may soon be built in Necton if plans are granted by Breckland Council.

Read more
Breckland Council
Yesterday, 13:59

The Swaffham and District Lions have supported BBC Children in Need by bringing a very special guest to a Swaffham supermarket.

Read more
BBC
Tue, 13:44

Two people have been taken to hospital after a collision between a truck and a car on the A47, near Mattishall.

Read more
Norwich
Yesterday, 14:00

Necton is getting into the festive mood by ushering in the advent season with a Christmas concert.

Read more
Norfolk
Monday, September 25, 2017

It was a spiritual journey designed to lighten the lives of five thoroughly modern misses which ended up being habit forming.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 4°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter