Bournemouth pavement cyclist pleads guilty while police appeal to hit & run driver
"Do the right thing" appeal to driver
A 37 year old cyclist who handed himself in to police in Bournemouth after a pavement cycling incident in which a female pensioner was seriously injured has pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous cycling at the town's magistrate's court. Police in the town have also made a direct appeal to the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit and run incident in which a cyclist was seriously injured to "do the right thing" warning the driver that there is nowhere to hide.
Bournemouth magistrates last week ordered David Berwin to pay £300 compensation following an incident on the 16th of September in which a 71-year-old woman was knocked down while walking to her local post-office. Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo the woman said that she spent 5 weeks in hospital as a result of the serious injury she sustained when she was hit, and that she requires a further operation in the New Year.
The paper reports that police have also arrested a 19 year old youth in connection with another pavement cycling incident when a four year old girl suffered a broken leg in another pavement cycling incident.
Justin Graham spent four days in hospital after suffering broken vertebrae and other injures when he was knocked from his bike as he approached the Wallisdown roundabout at approximately 5.30am on 8 December. As reported at the time police appealed for witnesses to the incident and said they were looking for a Toyota Corrolla registered between 2001 and 2004 - those details have now been confirmed by traffic unit investigators and the police have appealed to anyone with any information on the incident itself or who has been asked to repair one to come forward. They have also issued a direct appeal to the driver through the local media.
“As recent investigations and news reports have shown, the traffic unit has successfully traced a number of drivers involved in failure to stop collisions across Dorset in recent weeks. We would urge the driver to do the right thing and call the police. The law is very clear – if you are involved in a collision you must stop and exchange details.
“If for any reason you are unable to report it at the time, then you must report it to a police officer or station as soon as possible and in any case within 24 hours.”