Alexander Coombes says he was unaware that he hit cyclist, but pleaded guilty to a string of offences

A driver who hit a cyclist and then left the scene, leaving the rider with serious injuries, has been given a suspended prison sentence, driving ban, community service order and fine.

Alexander Coombes hit a cyclist on February 5 2014 on the A29 near Bognor Regis, but did not stop. According to Sussex Police, Coombes was listening to loud music and exceeding the speed limit at the time.

The 45-year-old cyclist was left with serious injuries, and has undergone months of rehabilitation and had to have several operations.

Coombes’s uninsured blue Renault Megane was left with damage on the wing, wing mirror and front tyre after striking the cyclist. Despite subsequently saying that he did not realise that he had hit someone, Coombes abandoned the vehicle after the incident.

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“It would have been obvious to Coombes that he had been involved in a serious collision,” said Sergeant Rob Baldwin, of the Sussex Roads Policing Unit. “But he failed to stop, leaving the cyclist seriously injured at the side of the road and in need of urgent medical attention.

“Fortunately we were able to quickly identify the vehicle and driver involved and officers found the Megane abandoned some five miles away in Barham with serious damage.

“It was clear that Coombes had driven it his vehicle in a dangerous condition over this distance, with an obliterated tyre, damaged wing mirror and missing bodywork.”

Coombes pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, careless driving, failing to stop after an accident and having no insurance at Chichester Crown Court on Friday.

The 32-year-old from Guildford was given a three-month suspended prison sentence, banned from driving for 15 months, ordered to undertake 140 hours of community service and must pay compensation of £6,382 to the cyclist.

Coombes must also retake his driving test when his ban expires and pay £3500 in costs.

 

  • Andrew Bairsto

    He is probably back driving already scum like this have no morals at all.

  • SeanMcCuen

    eye for an eye.

  • Gary Jogela

    Another self-centred,couldn’t care less individual gets away without being incarcerated.how many more is there going to be?

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    What a disgrace. Another excuse for a human being – no morals whatsoever. Bit of a slap on the wrist and he’ll be back driving in 15 months time.

  • Steven Saunders

    While it’s possible to hit something without seeing it, especially at night, you’re still going to know you’ve hit something … even if it’s something as small as a pheasant. And given the damage to his car you’d think he’d stop to check what it was he’d hit. The usual cause for some that drives off is because they’ve something to hide, usually too much to drink … it’s about time that drivers that leave the scene of an accident where someone has been injured are cited for attempting to pervert the course of justice, and are given an automatic 5-10 yr driving ban and have their car crushed to prevent them from driving it again (regardless of value). I wonder how the “no insurance” factored into the sentence … not much by the looks of it. Lets just hope this plonker has the funds to pay the compensation to the cyclist – not that that’ll make up for being seriously injured. Hope they make a full recovery in time.

  • Gazzaputt

    Another sentence handed down for a motorist hitting a cyclist which beggars belief.

    The man should be behind bars for xmas.

    And it’s wondered why there is a ‘them and us’ mentality.

  • Adam Beevers

    Disgraceful. Should have been put in prison. If he’s driving without insurance, will it matter to him if he is banned from driving?