A motorist who left a cyclist in a coma after pulling out onto a roundabout without looking works for the Metropolitan Police attached to its Roads and Transport Policing Command. The victim, Louise Callaghan, says she is “horrified” that he is policing motorists.
Get Surrey reports that on June 8, 2018, Callaghan was cycling with her partner in Addlestone when PC Matthew McGahan pulled onto the roundabout at St Peter's Way, Chertsey Road and Woburn Hill and hit her.
Callaghan was left in a medically-induced coma for four days and suffered a brain bleed, a fractured skull and breaks to her collarbone, scapula, elbow and pelvis.
Subsequent surgeries have left her with nerve damage and she says she hasn’t left the house in a month apart for hospital appointments.
McGahan admitted careless driving earlier this month. He was fined £485 and had seven points placed on his licence.
"I'm cross his licence hasn't been revoked," said Callaghan. "I'm really surprised he hasn't got in contact to apologise. I actually don't think he realises how much damage he's done."
She said she did not want McGahan to lose his job, but would like him to be retrained and to be aware of the "full extent of my suffering and be genuinely sorry".
A spokesman for Metropolitan Police said that McGahan is attached to its Roads and Transport Policing Command.
"He pleaded guilty to careless driving and was awarded seven penalty points and handed a fine. The Directorate of Professional Standards will pursue misconduct proceedings."
The spokesman said that he had been placed on "restricted duties" but didn’t comment further.
"I'm quite horrified that someone who didn't look while he was joining a roundabout is policing motorists," said Callaghan. "It doesn't really reflect well on them."