Cyclist broke bones after being doored by driver clearing sausage roll crumbs

Driver fined after the ill-fated ejection of the remains of his lunch that left cyclist with multiple injuries

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A motorist who opened his car door into a cyclist to brush sausage roll crumbs off his lap has been fined and ordered to pay costs after admitting to a charge of opening a car door to endanger or injure a person, the Mirror reported.

Benjamin Dearman-Baker had been riding at around 20mph at the time of the incident, which took place on July 29 last year. He was sent flying across the road, and was left with a fractured foot and torn ligaments. He was treated at the scene by paramedics who happened to be in the vicinity, before being taken to hospital.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.