Sun was in my eyes, claims driver who struck cyclist
A CYCLIST hit by an uninsured driver while riding in Harborough was awarded compensation for his injuries.
Robin Perry (35) appeared before Harborough Magistrates last Thursday accused of driving with no insurance and without due care and attention.
Perry of Highfield Street, Harborough entered a guilty plea to both which had happened on February 11.
Prosecuting, Sukhjit Singh said Perry had failed to give way to the cyclist in Welham Road, Harborough.
“In interview he said he has been turning right when he was hit by something yellow. He saw a person rolling around on the floor,” Mr Singh said.
Mr Singh said Perry had hit Stephen Whitmore who suffered a sprained ankle as well as a broken wrist. The cyclist had to spend a night at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Representing himself, Perry said the accident had happened because the sun had been in his eyes when he was turning and he had not seen the cyclist.
“I should have taken more time in looking but the sun was coming down the hill and the cyclist was coming down the hill and I hit him.”
Perry added that he had no reason for not having insurance.
He was sentenced to a nine month driving ban and ordered to pay fines of £335, a £15 victim surcharge, costs of £60 and compensation of £200 to the cyclist.
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