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Driver said he didn’t see cyclist until he went over his front window

A Royal Marine has told a court that he has been put off cycling for life after being hit by a turning delivery driver while waiting on his bike to join a main road.

Devon Live reports that Adam Fradley was at the junction of Nutwell Road waiting to turn right towards Exmouth on July 19 last year when Mark Bettridge, driving a Vauxhall Zafira, turned right off the main road and smashed into him.

“He was sat in the middle of the junction when the defendant turned right and for reasons unknown failed to see the cyclist and collided with him,” said Lyndsey Baker, prosecuting.

“He caused the cyclist to be thrown into the air onto the windscreen and onto the ground. He suffered multiple fractures including ribs and clavicle.

“He was taken to the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital then taken to Derriford, spending eight days in total, four of those in the intensive care unit.”

Fradley said he didn't notice the van until it crossed the central white line and cut across the corner of the designated turning area. “I could hear the motor revving as he came at me, making no attempt to stop,” he said.

Bettridge said he did not see Fradley until he heard a “massive bang” and saw him go over his front window.

Fradley, who tended to cycle five or six times a week during the summer months, said he would never be able to ride on the road again.

"It is a void I'm going to struggle to fill – it’s put me off cycling for life," he said.

Bettridge pleaded guilty at Exeter Magistrates' Court to one charge of driving without due care and attention. He was handed six penalty points and fined £350 with £120 in costs.

District Judge Stephen Nicholls said the incident had been serious but was the result of a momentary lapse in concentration.

"The effect was that you collided with a cyclist, causing him severe injuries which have had a long-lasting impact."

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DaveE128 [970 posts] 3 months ago
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What? No ban?! Sigh.

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STiG911 [285 posts] 3 months ago
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'The result of a momentary lapse in concentration'

BOLLOCKS. He was driving carelessly, and clearly didn't look. At all.

Judge is a Grade A Wankpuffin.

 

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reliablemeatloaf [108 posts] 3 months ago
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Ah, the all-purpose "excuse" that works every time: "I didn't see him".

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PaulBox [679 posts] 3 months ago
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I got a bigger fine than that for driving too close to the car in front; he put somebody in feking intensive care.

Oh, but I was endangering a motorist..........

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Ush [1037 posts] 3 months ago
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If you have demonstrated that you cannot see something as large as a cyclist in front of you in broad daylight there should be no room for discussion ever:  "Sorry mate, you are banned from operating a vehicle ever again.  And, in addition, if you are involved in any other incident of any sort in which your visual perception is the evidence, then that evidence shall be discounted as provably unreliable."

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Grahamd [829 posts] 3 months ago
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I suspect the driver may wish he had secure walls around him when a group of marines pay him a visit.

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DaveE128 [970 posts] 3 months ago
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Wonder whether anyone bothered to check his phone for use?

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alansmurphy [1494 posts] 3 months ago
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I set off 3seconds early from a traffic light on my push bike and got fined £250. Maybe I'd have been better off getting in plods car and running him over...

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don simon [1715 posts] 3 months ago
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reliablemeatloaf wrote:

Ah, the all-purpose "excuse" that works every time: "I didn't see him".

Should've worn hi-viz, spoke reflectors and a helmet.

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Bikebikebike [365 posts] 3 months ago
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alansmurphy wrote:

I set off 3seconds early from a traffic light on my push bike and got fined £250. Maybe I'd have been better off getting in plods car and running him over...

But plod do care if you drive at a policeman, for some reason.

To misquote The Clash:

You don't have the right to not be run over,

Running over someone is not a crime,

Unless you run over ... a policeman.

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john1967 [57 posts] 3 months ago
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depressing...simply depressing.

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Yorkshire wallet [1639 posts] 3 months ago
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STiG911 wrote:

Judge is a Grade A Wankpuffin.

 

Have you got copyright on this?

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burtthebike [1281 posts] 3 months ago
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"Bettridge pleaded guilty at Exeter Magistrates' Court to one charge of driving without due care and attention. He was handed six penalty points and fined £350 with £120 in costs.

District Judge Stephen Nicholls said the incident had been serious but was the result of a momentary lapse in concentration."

British justice at its finest.  Six penalty points for being so incompetent that he couldn't even see a stationary object in front of him in broad daylight, exactly where it should have been, but he can get back in his van and drive again tomorrow.  You can kill someone in a car and still drive; this is insanity and the law is an ass.

This wasn't by any definition driving without due care and attention, or a momentary lapse of concentration, it was dangerous behaviour with a deadly weapon and it is only luck that the victime isn't dead.

When is the government inquiry into safety on the roads reporting?

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scouser_andy [44 posts] 3 months ago
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Six points. You get that for driving without insurance. Pitiful.

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SculturaD [36 posts] 3 months ago
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Luck for the driver. If the Marine wasn't injured as badly, he'd have kicked sebmveb shades of shit out of the driver. Don't want to go upsetting RMs, they're hardy feckers.

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Posh74 [22 posts] 3 months ago
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I'm lost for words at how much of a piss poor 'justice' system the UK has. A measly fine and points on his licence for putting someone in intensive care is nothing short of an insult.

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1961BikiE [403 posts] 3 months ago
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The driver cut the corner, as so very many do. I can almost accept the momentary lapse of concentration but the fact he entered the junction incorrectly could only be a premeditated action. That therefore negates any momentary lapse of concentration in my book.

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SNS1938 [125 posts] 3 months ago
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I'm living in the US, at the moment, and as much as I dislike the tendancy to file law suits here over nothing, if this crash had happened here, the cyclist would be able to get a huge payout (which would fall to the drivers insurance company). 

Cutting a corner like that is crazy. I've had the same thing happen when in a car, and the car cutting the corner used the left side of my lane as the apex for his cut ... so his car went between my left hand wing mirror and the left hand foot path. I was in a red honda accord, so very very clearly visible. The driver had just decided that the public roads were his private race track and he was going to do a Lewis Hamilton.

Drive like a knob, ten year ban. Drive like a knob twice, lifetime ban!!!!

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Beecho [237 posts] 3 months ago
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Glad to see the ‘strict laws we have in place’ to ‘ensure’ justice is done coming into full effect again. And why can seemingly no fucker turn right properly anymore, for the sake of what, two seconds.

Bunch of cock.

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hmas1974 [7 posts] 3 months ago
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Well, we will keep on employing judges with syphilis.

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BrokenBootneck [240 posts] 3 months ago
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Get well soon Frads. Shame you're  still at Headly Court while the RMCC is out on the 28th.  Bet your gutted. Probably would get free wets all night. 

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Matt_S [297 posts] 3 months ago
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I hope the judge's dearest get mown down by some imbecilic prick like this. What a disgrace.

 

 

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pakennedy [185 posts] 3 months ago
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Yup. 3 points and £100 for this 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMD-aRyLrtU

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brooksby [2814 posts] 3 months ago
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reliablemeatloaf wrote:

Ah, the all-purpose "excuse" that works every time: "I didn't see him".

You'd think it would be treated as an admission of guilt, not as an excuse...

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BarryBianchi [419 posts] 3 months ago
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Cyclists fault.  OC had warned them about cycling in camo suits....

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ConcordeCX [567 posts] 3 months ago
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BarryBianchi wrote:

Cyclists fault.  OC had warned them about cycling in camo suits....

they should make hi-viz camouflage

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lindow_man [8 posts] 3 months ago
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How the hell can this be seen as "momentary lapse in concentration" when the knob had made the deliberate decision to cut across the Corner??? It is clearly dangerous driving.

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BarryBianchi [419 posts] 3 months ago
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lindow_man wrote:

How the hell can this be seen as "momentary lapse in concentration" when the knob had made the deliberate decision to cut across the Corner??? It is clearly dangerous driving.

That's all that's required when one is drifting the corner at 60...

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iandusud [25 posts] 3 months ago
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I see corner cutting all the time. It is not a lapse in concentration, it's a choice and a dangerous one; therefore dangerous driving.

Another rant: quote prosecutor "He was sat in the middle of the junction". He wasn't SAT, he was sitting. I despair when people who've had a university education can't speak English.

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Must be Mad [628 posts] 3 months ago
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District Judge Stephen Nicholls said the incident had been serious but was the result of a momentary lapse in concentration.

A momentry lapse in concentration you say? Well that's all right then.

Quote:

I'm living in the US, at the moment, and as much as I dislike the tendancy to file law suits here over nothing, if this crash had happened here, the cyclist would be able to get a huge payout (which would fall to the drivers insurance company).

In my (very limited) knowledge of the law - I understand that the cyclist can still make a civil action for damages (that is probbly badly pharased) - if he has insurance, then he should get help in doing this. The gilty verdict from the legal case should essentially prove liability.

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