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Robert Hazeldean crowdfunding hits goal – but will it be enough?

Cyclist found partly liable for crash with pedestrian could still face bankruptcy with claimant seeking almost £100,000 in costs

A crowdfunding campaign launched to cover the legal costs of Robert Hazeldean has reached its £21,300 goal within 24 hours of being launched. The cyclist says that being able to cover the compensation claim is a huge weight off his mind, but there is still a chance he could be left bankrupt with the claimant seeking almost £100,000 in costs.

Hazeldean and pedestrian Gemma Brushett were both knocked unconscious in a collision at a junction near Cannon Street railway station in the City of London in July 2015. Brushett sued.

A judge this week found them both jointly liable for the crash, but Hazeldean has been unable to protect himself against a destructive costs award as he didn’t put forward a counterclaim himself.

“This was not because I was not injured, but because I do not advocate the claim culture,” he explained.

Thanking everyone who has donated, Hazeldean’s friend, Brittany Maher-Kirk who launched the crowdfunder, said: “We’re hopeful that the final costs won’t significantly exceed what the judge suggested this week (which was £21,300 in total) but I will leave this page up, and anything over the final amount will be donated to Action Aid.”

Hazeldean sponsored a child through Action Aid for 13 years, but due to the financial pressures around the case recently had to stop.

At the time of writing, almost £40,000 has been raised. You can donate here.

Hazeldean is currently awaiting a final hearing date at which the costs he owes will be decided.

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