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Highgate hit-and-run driver who left cyclist seriously injured faces jail after guilty plea

Sean Fagan was on wrong side of the road when he crashed into Josh Dey on Easter Sunday

A hit-and-run motorist who left a cyclist seriously injured after crashing into him while driving on the wrong side of the road in North London has been told by a judge that he could face jail.

Sean Fagan, aged 29 and from Crouch Hill, hit medical student Josh Dey, aged 22, on Easter Sunday on Swain’s Lane, Highgate – a road that is very popular among cyclists in the capital looking to do hill repetitions.

The victim sustained injuries including a bleed on the brain, knee ligament damage, and his nose “broken into multiple bits."

The incident made national headlines after Mr Dey managed to obtain CCTV footage from a nearby premises and shared it with local paper, the Ham & High.

Several days later, police confirmed that Fagan had been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop after a road traffic collision and failing to report a road traffic collision.

Metro reports that yesterday, Fagan pleaded guilty to all three charges at Blackfriars Crown Court, to which the case had been referred from Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court following a hearing last month.

Judge John Hillen, who has adjourned the case pending medical and probation reports, told Fagan: “There was a catastrophic brain injury and some injuries to the right leg but the brain injury is the most serious incident.

“You have pleaded guilty and I am told you had wished to plead guilty at the magistrates court.

“If that is accepted by the sentencing judge then full credit will be given.

“This is a serious matter which would normally attract an immediate prison sentence,”” the judge continued.

“I am going to adjourn for a pre-sentence report to be written, we need to know more about you.

“The harm which was caused to the victim is also a matter which will need to be taken into account,” he added.

Causing serious injury by dangerous driving carries a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment.

Fagan has been bailed pending sentencing, which is scheduled for 2 July.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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