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.