Drunk Driver Jailed after Critically Injuring Paralympic Cyclist

A drunk driver has been arrested after he crashed into and critically injured a Paralympic cycling champion while he was out training for the 2012 games. 

The driver was convicted of dangerous driving after he hit cyclist Simon Richardson throwing him 26m along the A48 near Bridgend last August. 

He was sentenced to jail for 18 months by the Cardiff Crown Court. 

A drunk driver has been arrested after he crashed into and critically injured a Paralympic cycling champion while he was out training for the 2012 games. 

The driver was convicted of dangerous driving after he hit cyclist Simon Richardson throwing him 26m along the A48 near Bridgend last August. 

He was sentenced to jail for 18 months by the Cardiff Crown Court. 

Richardson, who won three medals in Beijing including tow golds and a silver has not competed in the London 2012 games because of his injuries. 

The 44-year-old fought back from his injuries to play part in as a torch bearer for the event, but was not fit enough to compete. 

“I have some significant health issues to still overcome following the collision, including further back surgery and long-term recovery where my complete effort must be.

“I fully intend to battle my way back to elite competitive sport when I am fully recuperated.”

A witness to the cycling accident described how they saw Richards thrown in to the air as he was struck by the van. 

The van driver stopped briefly but then drove off after he noticed another motorist had stopped to help the injured rider. 

I hope this incident shows the need for drivers to be more aware of cyclists on the road,” said Richards.

Source: BBC

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