A driver who lost control of his BMW Z4 as he overtook two other vehicles, resulting in his passenger suffering serious injuries and also causing minor injuries to a cyclist he hit, has managed to keep his driving licence.
Ben Fulton of Cambridge, aged 28 and a salesman for a property company, had his licence endorsed with six penalty points by Cambridge Magistrates’ Court,.
The court also fined him £650 and ordered him to pay £85 in costs plus a £15 victim surcharge, reports the website Cambridge News.
He had earlier admitted driving without due care and attention.
Cyclist Tom Serby sustained cuts and bruises in the incident on Barton Road in Cambridge in August last year. He had been riding on an adjacent cycle path when he was struck by Fulton's vehicle after it left the road.
However, a colleague of Fulton’s who was a passenger in his vehicle was left with a serious back injury.
Prosecuting counsel Paul Brown said: “Having left the roundabout, Fulton was attempting to overtake two cars when he hit the gravel verge and lost control of his BMW.
“At the time, there was a cyclist travelling towards Cambridge.
“The BMW went right across the cycle path and hit the cyclist. An eyewitness told police how the cyclist went up into the air and hit the ground.
“The cyclist managed to get himself up and started to drink some water.
“But it was the front seat passenger in Fulton’s car who suffered the most serious injuries, including a serious back injury.
“The passenger, a colleague of his, told police that he felt Fulton was driving too fast and that he feared he was going to lose control of the car.”
Speaking for Fulton, Charles Snelling explained that his client had displayed “extreme remorse,” saying that “Mr Fulton went straight over to the cyclist and was extremely concerned.
“He has since apologised to the man and has shown extreme remorse. My client is a salesman and travels the country in his car.
“Up until now he has had an entirely clean licence,” he added.
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.