Cumbria Police have urged motorists to give cyclists at least 1.5m of space when overtaking after releasing footage of a van driver clipping a cyclist while driving at 70mph. The driver responsible admitted driving without due care and attention and was handed six penalty points and asked to pay £350 in fines and costs.
On Wednesday July 24, at around 12.50pm, a 62-year-old cyclist was riding westbound on the A590 dual carriageway when he was hit by a passing van driven by 30-year-old Christopher Gadsden.
Police said the van hit the cyclist’s right elbow before a second impact between the cyclist and wing mirror.
The cyclist was knocked unconscious and ended up in the carriageway.
He suffered a fractured elbow and numerous lacerations and bruises on his body and face. He has no memory of the collision.
Police Constable Simon Smith said: “As the van approached the cyclist, the driver made no attempt to slow down or make adjustments to his course.
“The cyclist suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision. Thankfully there was an off-duty constable from Lancashire and an off-duty fireman from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service were quickly able to come to the man’s aid.”