A cyclist whose leg was amputated at the scene after a collision with a Tesco lorry last October is suing the supermarket over the incident.
Julie Dinsdale, 53, was at Old Street roundabout when a left-turning HGV ran over her leg and the wheels of her bike.
The Evening Standard reports that medics were forced to amputate her leg at the roadside to save Ms Dinsdale’s life. She then spent five weeks in hospital recovering from her injuries and has also undergone physiotherapy and counselling since the incident.
Aislinn Rice, counsel for the crown, told deputy district judge Tim Godfrey that Ms Dinsdale “was very fortunate to be still with us” and that she was an experienced cyclist in London.
Ms Rice added: “The driver had only been in London for four months and had only been driving for Tesco for four days and this was the first day he was unaccompanied.”
Ms Dinsdale had been cycling at the time with her husband Keith, founder of cycling company Bontrager.
Sally Moore, representing Ms Dinsdale for law firm Leigh Day, said: “We are currently taking legal action against Tesco to recover compensation for our client.”
The driver of the lorry, Florin Oprea, 24, plead not guilty to charges of driving without due care and attention and causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Highbury magistrates court last Wednesday.
Indicating the case was too serious to be dealt with at magistrates court, Judge Godfrey directed the case to be heard at Blackfriars crown court on 25 May.