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Drunk cyclist who fractured woman's skull escapes jail

Rider already banned twice from driving

An inebriated cyclist who collided with a woman on a zebra crossing and fractured her skull has escaped a custodial sentence

Last week Swindon Crown Court heard how James Reason, 35, was more than three-and-a-half times over the legal drink-drive limit when he crashed into 21-year old nursery assistant Cassandra Robbins who was walking home at 4am on February 19 after a night out .

Mr Reason of Warminster, who in January of last year was banned from driving for three years following a second conviction for drink-driving, was riding a bike with an ineffective front brake, no back brake and without lights, reflectors or a bell.

On a night when it was said to have been raining quite heavily, he struck  Miss Robbins as she stepped out on to the zebra crossing located at the bottom of a hill on Fore Street in Warminster. She was knocked unconscious and was bleeding from the ear

Miss Robbins spent two nights in intensive care. She was initially taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath before being transferred to the neurological unit at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

Mr Reason pleaded guilty to a charge of causing actual bodily harm and received a six month jail term which was suspended for 18 months. He was also placed on a supervision order and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid community service work.

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