The incident happened on the day Laura Cameron secured her move up to cat 1, and was looking to turn professional with Drops Cycling

A cyclist who suffered a broken leg that required surgery has expressed her anger at the news that the driver reponsible for her injuries walked away from court with a fine of just £145.

Cycling home from winning a race at the Lee Valley Velopark, Laura Cameron was hit by a fast-food delivery driver as they turned head-on into her path in Crystal Palace in August of last year.

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The collision left the 32-year-old with a broken fibula and her tibia was protruding from her shin. So severe was she shaking from shock that paramedics had to hold her down to insert a drip.

The rider had to undergo surgery to have pins inserted in her leg and has since had to learn how to walk and cycle again.

After six long months of rehabilitation, the screws were removed last week and Cameron is hoping to race again as early as April.

Ms Cameron told the Evening Standard: “I felt disappointed and let down by the justice system and the police in general.

“What annoyed me most was that they seemed to skip over my injuries. It was almost as though they disregarded them and didn’t bring them into consideration.”

What’s more, solicitor Jennifer Buchanan, representing Cameron, said the sentence was more lenient than others handed out the same day to drivers with bald tyres.

The Drops Cycling rider was heading home after winning a race in the Olympic Park that saw her gain her first category licence, which put her in the frame for turning professional with new the UCI team.

  • David Kerry

    Fair comment on that.. If a drivers gonna knock you off its gonna happen no matter what the situation

  • John Smith

    The Police are hopeless on anything to do with Cycling
    They are institutionally blind

  • Matt Dowse

    Of course, it goes with out saying the bigger you appear the more space you’ll be given.
    But you’ll also realise that there’s a certain type of driver in London that doesn’t care how big you are, if you’re ‘slowing them down’ you’re a problem, no matter how many wheels (or lights) you’ve got.

  • David Kerry

    Matt dowse I live and ride in the uk.. Since purchasing both front and back light I’ve noticed a considerable difference in cars and other road users.. I’m Not saying I’m 100% safer but it makes a lot more difference than the other tiny little lights I’ve seen being used in the daytime.. I would confidently ride through London if I had to

  • Matt Dowse

    Del and David, have you ever ridden in London? Daytime or after dark? From experience, the traffic (as well as the population) is very different from that of the Mid West of the USA….

  • TheVelvetUnderpants

    Sorry to read of your accident Zoonie, hope you’re making good progress.

  • Zoonie

    Yep. This is correct. When a prosecution didn’t go ahead after I was dragged under a lorry (3 lights front and back, reflectors, lights on helmet, reflective jacket!) because of lack of evidence, we then went ahead with the private prosecution and settled out of court for enough money to continue giving me physio and all sorts for as long as I need it.
    When I spoke to you police about the decision not to prosecute, they had not been able to access CCTV given that the crash had not killed me or put me in a coma, “But don’t worry, we’ll get him next time”! Even if they had prosecuted, a fine of a couple of hundred quid and a few points on the license. It’s laughable.

  • TheVelvetUnderpants

    Although I’m not familiar with the specifics of this case, normally a private/civil case would be pursued after the conclusion of the criminal case.
    I suspect that now the driver has been found guilty then her civil case is likely to proceed more swiftly and with a far greater chance of success.

  • disqus_6PES2CnwIh

    No private prosecution via BCF’s pet solicitors Leigh Day?? This is WHY you dont waste money funding by joining BCF and hoping you get covered.

  • David Kerry

    Del Varner I agree with you .. I ride with a 800 lumen rear cycle light made by design shine from America .. In daylight as well as a front 1400 lumen flashing light again in daytime.. Unfortunately it was a very nasty accident that poor lady went through but I agree with daytime running lights.. Since using these lights cars are a lot more careful and it helps with being seen

  • Del_Varner

    First: It’s not her fault. Second, I ride with flashing lights with white in the front and a red in the back during the daytime. I haven’t had any run ins with cars here in midwest America. Hopefully, this will get ther attention. I suggest that even professionals and any sort of racer do the same.

  • theplacidcasual

    No driving ban or at least a significant number of points on the license? £145 is simply laughable. It just reinforces the increasing opinion amongst drivers that cyclists are fair game. That they have an obligation to other drivers, but not any other road user. Drivers feel increasingly safe in their increasingly safe vehicles and this increased feeling of safety seems to breed complacency, perhaps even utter contempt, and appears to be commensurate to an increased apathy towards the rules of the road and to other human beings. The judge was probably once delayed by cyclists on a quiet country road whilst trying to get his Bentley or Aston Martin up past 150mph and was exacting revenge. From personal experience, the Police do not care one iota and legal practitioners not much more…unless there’s a mammoth pay day in store. Disgusting. Hopefully she can get her form back.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    If I did not know better the judge was either given a brown envelope or he dislikes cyclist either way he should be removed from his post.

  • Gazzaputt

    Lets be honest it isn’t surprising is it. There is no justice in the UK for cyclists. Judges see us as irrelevant.