Man Found Guilty After Colliding With Cyclist

A VAN driver who collided with a cyclist, knocking him unconscious, was found guilty of careless driving after a trial.

A VAN driver who collided with a cyclist, knocking him unconscious, was found guilty of careless driving after a trial.

Painter and decorator David Belam was on his way home from work when he hit cyclist Andrew Doughty at the Witchford Road roundabout in Ely.

Prosecutor Angela Sassoli told city magistrates: “It is alleged he went to enter the roundabout, he did not see the cyclist and collided with him.”

Mr Doughty explained to the court: “I was cycling from Ely station to Witchford, to pick up my children form the child minder.


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“Half way round the roundabout, my recollection stops, the next thing I can recall is a car horn going off as I lay on the floor.

“Someone was holding my head, saying they were a neurological nurse from Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and telling me not to move.

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“I suffered concussion, cracked ribs, and bruising to my left shoulder and elbow.” He said he was wearing cycling clothes with reflective piping, and a cycling helmet.

Belam, 51, of Main Street, Pymore, told magistrates: “The cyclist cut straight in front of me, he went straight across me. I was half way round the roundabout when he shot out in front of me, and I braked immediately. I do not think he lost consciousness.”

Belam was fined �150, with six points endorsed on his licence. He must pay �620 court costs and a �15 surcharge.

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