A motorist who left a Nottinghamshire police officer nicknamed ‘Robocop’ with critical injuries when his car struck him as he cycled to the gym has been jailed for 15 months.
PC Diederik Coetzee, who acquired his nickname after he hit national headlines in 2005 due to the number of arrests he made on his beat in Mansfield, still needs round-the-clock care at home, where he is continuing his recovery from injuries sustained in the incident last November.
Last month, Mitchel Graham, aged 26, the driver of the car involved, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to dangerous driving, failing to stop after the incident, and failing to report it. As well as receiving a 15-month prrison sentence, he was also banned from driving for 6 years.
The incident in Blidworth Lane, Mansfield, left PC Coetzee, originally from South Africa, with severe head injuries and sparked a major investigation from Nottinghamshire Police as they attempted to track down the culprit.
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.