Drink-driver jailed after he ran over 10-year-old cyclist and drove home with bike trapped underneath car

Driver Keith Vernon hit the victim, then reversed over him, causing serious injuries

The unattended car after the crash and (inset) driver Keith Vernon
(Image credit: Sussex Police)

A drink-driver has been jailed after he ran over a 10-year-old cyclist and then drove home with the bike still stripped under his car. 

Keith Vernon had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system, after drinking at a local pub, when he drove his black Renault Twingo into the victim, who was cycling with his dad on a quiet residential street in West Sussex. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.