Carnforth driver fined and given penalty points after Nether Kellet cyclist collision

Lancaster Magistrates Court.
Lancaster Magistrates Court.
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A Carnforth driver has been fined over an accident on a rural road in which he injured a cyclist.

Francis Humpage, of Kings Drive in the town, swerved in front of the cyclist who then crashed into the back of his car in Nether Kellet.

The 60-year-old appeared before Lancaster Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to driving without due care and attention.

But the bench found him guilty of the charge after hearing how he clipped a cyclist while overtaking them in his silver Volkswagen Passat.

The accident happened at 10.45am on January 6 as he drove down Main Road in the village.

The court heard he was heading towards Nether Kellet when he approached two cyclists who were riding side-by-side in the carriageway.

As he overtook them, he clipped the outside rider with his wing mirror on the way past.

Humpage then pulled in front of the cyclists and slowed down. The bench heard the manoeuvre caused one of the cyclists to collide with the back of his car and into his back windscreen, causing injuries.

Humpage was given five penalty points on his driving licence and fined £110.

The court ruled he must pay £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.