Bertie Soanes had said he was going to call an ambulance but drove off


A motorist who seriously injured a cyclist when he knocked him off his bike then failed to return after he said he was going to call an ambulance has been banned from driving for six months.

Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard that the victim was forced to “drag himself to safety” after the incident on 11 March this year, reports the Norwich Evening News.

Bertie Soanes, aged 72, hit the cyclist on Chapel Lane in Wymondham after failing to give way to him, causing injuries including broken ribs and a broken shoulder,

The cyclist was in hospital for three days and was unable to work for almost two months, and afterwards continued to have reduced mobility in his right shoulder.

He said in a victim impact statement read out in court that following the incident he does not cycle as much as he did before.

Soanes, who lives in Hingham, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop and was fined £133 for each offence plus £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

He was also handed a six-month driving ban, with chair of the bench Dick Meadows telling him: “What makes this worse is you abandoned the cyclist in the road.”

In mitigation, Vedrana Pehar said that Soanes had no previous convictions and was “extremely apologetic” and had not realised the extent of the cyclist’s injuries at the time.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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