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 has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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