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Old October 27th 20, 06:41 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Tears in court as injured charity cyclist tells drink driver 'Iforgive you - DRIVER JAILED

I don't think I would have been so forgiving! Especiallt to some drunken old sot FOUR TIMES the limit.
QUOTE:
A drink driver is facing jail for a crash in which he left a world-renowned fitness guru with horrific injuries to his legs and body.

Pensioner Stephen Evans was four times over the limit when he mowed down cyclist Jean-Pierre de Villiers on a main road outside Combe Martin, North Devon on May 22 last year and failed to stop.

Mr de Villiers was on a 1,000 mile charity ride from John O’Groats to Lands End and suffered two shattered legs, a fractured arm, punctured lung and internal injuries. He was airlifted to hospital and spent 15 days in intensive care.

He was unable to run his business as an international motivational speaker and life coach for months while he struggled to regain fitness. Former professional cyclist Mr de Villiers, aged 37, came face to face with the driver who injured him during an emotional courtroom confrontation which left both men in tears.

The cyclist, known as JP, read out a Victim Personal Statement in which he told Mr Evans that he forgave him and wanted him to overcome the demons that led him to alcoholism.

The statement detailed the huge effect which the crash had on him and his wife Julia, who had to suspend her own design business to look after him. He said it was sheer frustration to go from being a highly fit athlete to being on crutches for weeks and enduring hours of agonising physiotherapy.

He said: “There are so many questions. I have thought about why it happened. I have no memory of the collision but as well as my injuries to remind me, I wake up at night with the smell of intensive care in my head.

“I have been asked what I feel about the driver. I feel nothing other than not wanting him to be on the road. I have zero animosity or negativity towards him. “I forgave him straight away. I even feel sorry for him. For me, this was a life changing experience, but I am grateful to be alive.

“Mr Evans, I want you to know I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. There are consequences and repercussions for what you did to me.

“I really hope that whatever happens to you, you can use the time to heal whatever you need to heal and that you come out of this a better and stronger man. I forgive you.” The judge allowed Evans to reply from the dock. He sobbed as he said: ”I wish you the best. I never went out to hurt anyone. I wish it was the other way round. I would not be here and you would not be here.

“I pray for you most days, I pray hard. What you said got to me. I would have thought you would have a lot of animosity. I never meant to harm you, I am very, very sorry.”

Evans, aged 69, of Wilder Place, Ilfracombe, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving, driving while disqualified and uninsured, and failing to stop. He changed his plea on what was supposed to be the second day of his trial at Exeter Crown Court. He was brought to court by the police on Monday after getting drunk on a train, falling asleep, and missing his stop.

Judge David Evans remanded the defendant in custody and told him a prison sentence is inevitable. He ordered a probation pre-sentence report. The accident (SIC) happened on the A399 just outside Combe Martin after Evans took his wife’s Ford Focus car and drove it in Cross Street and the Kiln car park before joining the main road.

Mr de Villiers spent nine weeks in hospital in Plymouth and Coventry after being injured eight days into the charity ride which he was doing with friend Callum O’Brien to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support and the Addie Brady Foundation.

He documented his slow road to recovery in posts on Instagram and Facebook, including some showing him in intensive care and taking his first steps.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666


https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666
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Old October 27th 20, 08:17 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Tears in court as injured charity cyclist tells drink driver 'Iforgive you - DRIVER JAILED

On Tuesday, 27 October 2020 at 17:41:44 UTC, wrote:
I don't think I would have been so forgiving! Especiallt to some drunken old sot FOUR TIMES the limit.
QUOTE:
A drink driver is facing jail for a crash in which he left a world-renowned fitness guru with horrific injuries to his legs and body.

Pensioner Stephen Evans was four times over the limit when he mowed down cyclist Jean-Pierre de Villiers on a main road outside Combe Martin, North Devon on May 22 last year and failed to stop.

Mr de Villiers was on a 1,000 mile charity ride from John O’Groats to Lands End and suffered two shattered legs, a fractured arm, punctured lung and internal injuries. He was airlifted to hospital and spent 15 days in intensive care.

He was unable to run his business as an international motivational speaker and life coach for months while he struggled to regain fitness. Former professional cyclist Mr de Villiers, aged 37, came face to face with the driver who injured him during an emotional courtroom confrontation which left both men in tears.

The cyclist, known as JP, read out a Victim Personal Statement in which he told Mr Evans that he forgave him and wanted him to overcome the demons that led him to alcoholism.

The statement detailed the huge effect which the crash had on him and his wife Julia, who had to suspend her own design business to look after him. He said it was sheer frustration to go from being a highly fit athlete to being on crutches for weeks and enduring hours of agonising physiotherapy.

He said: “There are so many questions. I have thought about why it happened. I have no memory of the collision but as well as my injuries to remind me, I wake up at night with the smell of intensive care in my head.

“I have been asked what I feel about the driver. I feel nothing other than not wanting him to be on the road. I have zero animosity or negativity towards him. “I forgave him straight away. I even feel sorry for him. For me, this was a life changing experience, but I am grateful to be alive.

“Mr Evans, I want you to know I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. There are consequences and repercussions for what you did to me.

“I really hope that whatever happens to you, you can use the time to heal whatever you need to heal and that you come out of this a better and stronger man. I forgive you.” The judge allowed Evans to reply from the dock. He sobbed as he said: ”I wish you the best. I never went out to hurt anyone. I wish it was the other way round. I would not be here and you would not be here.

“I pray for you most days, I pray hard. What you said got to me. I would have thought you would have a lot of animosity. I never meant to harm you, I am very, very sorry.”

Evans, aged 69, of Wilder Place, Ilfracombe, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving, driving while disqualified and uninsured, and failing to stop. He changed his plea on what was supposed to be the second day of his trial at Exeter Crown Court. He was brought to court by the police on Monday after getting drunk on a train, falling asleep, and missing his stop.

Judge David Evans remanded the defendant in custody and told him a prison sentence is inevitable. He ordered a probation pre-sentence report. The accident (SIC) happened on the A399 just outside Combe Martin after Evans took his wife’s Ford Focus car and drove it in Cross Street and the Kiln car park before joining the main road.

Mr de Villiers spent nine weeks in hospital in Plymouth and Coventry after being injured eight days into the charity ride which he was doing with friend Callum O’Brien to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support and the Addie Brady Foundation.

He documented his slow road to recovery in posts on Instagram and Facebook, including some showing him in intensive care and taking his first steps.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666


https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666


Drunk driving, no licence, no insurance, banned from driving.
Self funded life in prison, he can work or starve.
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Old October 27th 20, 08:32 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7:17:49 PM UTC, Mike Collins wrote:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666


Drunk driving, no licence, no insurance, banned from driving.
Self funded life in prison, he can work or starve.


QUOTE:
He was brought to court by the police on Monday after getting drunk on a train, falling asleep, and missing his stop.
ENDS

He can dry out in the nick, free of charge!

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Old October 27th 20, 10:08 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Tears in court as injured charity cyclist tells drink driver 'I forgive you - DRIVER JAILED

On 27/10/2020 17:41, Simon Mason wrote:
I don't think I would have been so forgiving! Especiallt to some drunken old sot FOUR TIMES the limit.
QUOTE:
A drink driver is facing jail for a crash in which he left a world-renowned fitness guru with horrific injuries to his legs and body.

Pensioner Stephen Evans was four times over the limit when he mowed down cyclist Jean-Pierre de Villiers on a main road outside Combe Martin, North Devon on May 22 last year and failed to stop.

Mr de Villiers was on a 1,000 mile charity ride from John O’Groats to Lands End and suffered two shattered legs, a fractured arm, punctured lung and internal injuries. He was airlifted to hospital and spent 15 days in intensive care.

He was unable to run his business as an international motivational speaker and life coach for months while he struggled to regain fitness. Former professional cyclist Mr de Villiers, aged 37, came face to face with the driver who injured him during an emotional courtroom confrontation which left both men in tears.

The cyclist, known as JP, read out a Victim Personal Statement in which he told Mr Evans that he forgave him and wanted him to overcome the demons that led him to alcoholism.

The statement detailed the huge effect which the crash had on him and his wife Julia, who had to suspend her own design business to look after him. He said it was sheer frustration to go from being a highly fit athlete to being on crutches for weeks and enduring hours of agonising physiotherapy.

He said: “There are so many questions. I have thought about why it happened. I have no memory of the collision but as well as my injuries to remind me, I wake up at night with the smell of intensive care in my head.

“I have been asked what I feel about the driver. I feel nothing other than not wanting him to be on the road. I have zero animosity or negativity towards him. “I forgave him straight away. I even feel sorry for him. For me, this was a life changing experience, but I am grateful to be alive.

“Mr Evans, I want you to know I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. There are consequences and repercussions for what you did to me.

“I really hope that whatever happens to you, you can use the time to heal whatever you need to heal and that you come out of this a better and stronger man. I forgive you.” The judge allowed Evans to reply from the dock. He sobbed as he said: ”I wish you the best. I never went out to hurt anyone. I wish it was the other way round. I would not be here and you would not be here.

“I pray for you most days, I pray hard. What you said got to me. I would have thought you would have a lot of animosity. I never meant to harm you, I am very, very sorry.”

Evans, aged 69, of Wilder Place, Ilfracombe, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving, driving while disqualified and uninsured, and failing to stop. He changed his plea on what was supposed to be the second day of his trial at Exeter Crown Court. He was brought to court by the police on Monday after getting drunk on a train, falling asleep, and missing his stop.

Judge David Evans remanded the defendant in custody and told him a prison sentence is inevitable. He ordered a probation pre-sentence report. The accident (SIC) happened on the A399 just outside Combe Martin after Evans took his wife’s Ford Focus car and drove it in Cross Street and the Kiln car park before joining the main road.

Mr de Villiers spent nine weeks in hospital in Plymouth and Coventry after being injured eight days into the charity ride which he was doing with friend Callum O’Brien to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support and the Addie Brady Foundation.

He documented his slow road to recovery in posts on Instagram and Facebook, including some showing him in intensive care and taking his first steps.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666


https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666


"driving while disqualified"

Ah... a cyclist, in other words.

Fair play to the victim, though.
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Old October 27th 20, 10:09 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Tears in court as injured charity cyclist tells drink driver 'Iforgive you - DRIVER JAILED

On 27/10/2020 19:17, Mike Collins wrote:
On Tuesday, 27 October 2020 at 17:41:44 UTC, wrote:
I don't think I would have been so forgiving! Especiallt to some drunken old sot FOUR TIMES the limit.
QUOTE:
A drink driver is facing jail for a crash in which he left a world-renowned fitness guru with horrific injuries to his legs and body.

Pensioner Stephen Evans was four times over the limit when he mowed down cyclist Jean-Pierre de Villiers on a main road outside Combe Martin, North Devon on May 22 last year and failed to stop.

Mr de Villiers was on a 1,000 mile charity ride from John O’Groats to Lands End and suffered two shattered legs, a fractured arm, punctured lung and internal injuries. He was airlifted to hospital and spent 15 days in intensive care.

He was unable to run his business as an international motivational speaker and life coach for months while he struggled to regain fitness. Former professional cyclist Mr de Villiers, aged 37, came face to face with the driver who injured him during an emotional courtroom confrontation which left both men in tears.

The cyclist, known as JP, read out a Victim Personal Statement in which he told Mr Evans that he forgave him and wanted him to overcome the demons that led him to alcoholism.

The statement detailed the huge effect which the crash had on him and his wife Julia, who had to suspend her own design business to look after him. He said it was sheer frustration to go from being a highly fit athlete to being on crutches for weeks and enduring hours of agonising physiotherapy.

He said: “There are so many questions. I have thought about why it happened. I have no memory of the collision but as well as my injuries to remind me, I wake up at night with the smell of intensive care in my head.

“I have been asked what I feel about the driver. I feel nothing other than not wanting him to be on the road. I have zero animosity or negativity towards him. “I forgave him straight away. I even feel sorry for him. For me, this was a life changing experience, but I am grateful to be alive.

“Mr Evans, I want you to know I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. There are consequences and repercussions for what you did to me.

“I really hope that whatever happens to you, you can use the time to heal whatever you need to heal and that you come out of this a better and stronger man. I forgive you.” The judge allowed Evans to reply from the dock. He sobbed as he said: ”I wish you the best. I never went out to hurt anyone. I wish it was the other way round. I would not be here and you would not be here.

“I pray for you most days, I pray hard. What you said got to me. I would have thought you would have a lot of animosity. I never meant to harm you, I am very, very sorry.”

Evans, aged 69, of Wilder Place, Ilfracombe, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving, driving while disqualified and uninsured, and failing to stop. He changed his plea on what was supposed to be the second day of his trial at Exeter Crown Court. He was brought to court by the police on Monday after getting drunk on a train, falling asleep, and missing his stop.

Judge David Evans remanded the defendant in custody and told him a prison sentence is inevitable. He ordered a probation pre-sentence report. The accident (SIC) happened on the A399 just outside Combe Martin after Evans took his wife’s Ford Focus car and drove it in Cross Street and the Kiln car park before joining the main road.

Mr de Villiers spent nine weeks in hospital in Plymouth and Coventry after being injured eight days into the charity ride which he was doing with friend Callum O’Brien to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support and the Addie Brady Foundation.

He documented his slow road to recovery in posts on Instagram and Facebook, including some showing him in intensive care and taking his first steps.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666


https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666


Drunk driving, no licence, no insurance, banned from driving.


That's right: he was a cyclist. That's all he was qualified for.
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Old October 27th 20, 10:44 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Tears in court as injured charity cyclist tells drink driver 'Iforgive you - DRIVER JAILED

On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7:17:49 PM UTC, Mike Collins wrote:
On Tuesday, 27 October 2020 at 17:41:44 UTC, wrote:
I don't think I would have been so forgiving! Especiallt to some drunken old sot FOUR TIMES the limit.
QUOTE:
A drink driver is facing jail for a crash in which he left a world-renowned fitness guru with horrific injuries to his legs and body.

Pensioner Stephen Evans was four times over the limit when he mowed down cyclist Jean-Pierre de Villiers on a main road outside Combe Martin, North Devon on May 22 last year and failed to stop.

Mr de Villiers was on a 1,000 mile charity ride from John O’Groats to Lands End and suffered two shattered legs, a fractured arm, punctured lung and internal injuries. He was airlifted to hospital and spent 15 days in intensive care.

He was unable to run his business as an international motivational speaker and life coach for months while he struggled to regain fitness. Former professional cyclist Mr de Villiers, aged 37, came face to face with the driver who injured him during an emotional courtroom confrontation which left both men in tears.

The cyclist, known as JP, read out a Victim Personal Statement in which he told Mr Evans that he forgave him and wanted him to overcome the demons that led him to alcoholism.

The statement detailed the huge effect which the crash had on him and his wife Julia, who had to suspend her own design business to look after him.. He said it was sheer frustration to go from being a highly fit athlete to being on crutches for weeks and enduring hours of agonising physiotherapy.

He said: “There are so many questions. I have thought about why it happened. I have no memory of the collision but as well as my injuries to remind me, I wake up at night with the smell of intensive care in my head.

“I have been asked what I feel about the driver. I feel nothing other than not wanting him to be on the road. I have zero animosity or negativity towards him. “I forgave him straight away. I even feel sorry for him. For me, this was a life changing experience, but I am grateful to be alive.

“Mr Evans, I want you to know I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. There are consequences and repercussions for what you did to me.

“I really hope that whatever happens to you, you can use the time to heal whatever you need to heal and that you come out of this a better and stronger man. I forgive you.” The judge allowed Evans to reply from the dock. He sobbed as he said: ”I wish you the best. I never went out to hurt anyone. I wish it was the other way round. I would not be here and you would not be here.

“I pray for you most days, I pray hard. What you said got to me.. I would have thought you would have a lot of animosity. I never meant to harm you, I am very, very sorry.”

Evans, aged 69, of Wilder Place, Ilfracombe, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving, driving while disqualified and uninsured, and failing to stop. He changed his plea on what was supposed to be the second day of his trial at Exeter Crown Court. He was brought to court by the police on Monday after getting drunk on a train, falling asleep, and missing his stop.

Judge David Evans remanded the defendant in custody and told him a prison sentence is inevitable. He ordered a probation pre-sentence report. The accident (SIC) happened on the A399 just outside Combe Martin after Evans took his wife’s Ford Focus car and drove it in Cross Street and the Kiln car park before joining the main road.

Mr de Villiers spent nine weeks in hospital in Plymouth and Coventry after being injured eight days into the charity ride which he was doing with friend Callum O’Brien to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support and the Addie Brady Foundation.

He documented his slow road to recovery in posts on Instagram and Facebook, including some showing him in intensive care and taking his first steps.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666


https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666


Drunk driving, no licence, no insurance, banned from driving.
Self funded life in prison, he can work or starve.


Glad to see that his driving licence has been withdrawn.

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Old October 27th 20, 11:01 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Tears in court as injured charity cyclist tells drink driver 'Iforgive you - DRIVER JAILED

On 27/10/2020 21:44, Simon Mason wrote:
On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7:17:49 PM UTC, Mike Collins wrote:
On Tuesday, 27 October 2020 at 17:41:44 UTC, wrote:
I don't think I would have been so forgiving! Especiallt to some drunken old sot FOUR TIMES the limit.
QUOTE:
A drink driver is facing jail for a crash in which he left a world-renowned fitness guru with horrific injuries to his legs and body.

Pensioner Stephen Evans was four times over the limit when he mowed down cyclist Jean-Pierre de Villiers on a main road outside Combe Martin, North Devon on May 22 last year and failed to stop.

Mr de Villiers was on a 1,000 mile charity ride from John O’Groats to Lands End and suffered two shattered legs, a fractured arm, punctured lung and internal injuries. He was airlifted to hospital and spent 15 days in intensive care.

He was unable to run his business as an international motivational speaker and life coach for months while he struggled to regain fitness. Former professional cyclist Mr de Villiers, aged 37, came face to face with the driver who injured him during an emotional courtroom confrontation which left both men in tears.

The cyclist, known as JP, read out a Victim Personal Statement in which he told Mr Evans that he forgave him and wanted him to overcome the demons that led him to alcoholism.

The statement detailed the huge effect which the crash had on him and his wife Julia, who had to suspend her own design business to look after him. He said it was sheer frustration to go from being a highly fit athlete to being on crutches for weeks and enduring hours of agonising physiotherapy.

He said: “There are so many questions. I have thought about why it happened. I have no memory of the collision but as well as my injuries to remind me, I wake up at night with the smell of intensive care in my head.

“I have been asked what I feel about the driver. I feel nothing other than not wanting him to be on the road. I have zero animosity or negativity towards him. “I forgave him straight away. I even feel sorry for him. For me, this was a life changing experience, but I am grateful to be alive.

“Mr Evans, I want you to know I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. There are consequences and repercussions for what you did to me.

“I really hope that whatever happens to you, you can use the time to heal whatever you need to heal and that you come out of this a better and stronger man. I forgive you.” The judge allowed Evans to reply from the dock. He sobbed as he said: ”I wish you the best. I never went out to hurt anyone. I wish it was the other way round. I would not be here and you would not be here.

“I pray for you most days, I pray hard. What you said got to me. I would have thought you would have a lot of animosity. I never meant to harm you, I am very, very sorry.”

Evans, aged 69, of Wilder Place, Ilfracombe, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving, driving while disqualified and uninsured, and failing to stop. He changed his plea on what was supposed to be the second day of his trial at Exeter Crown Court. He was brought to court by the police on Monday after getting drunk on a train, falling asleep, and missing his stop.

Judge David Evans remanded the defendant in custody and told him a prison sentence is inevitable. He ordered a probation pre-sentence report. The accident (SIC) happened on the A399 just outside Combe Martin after Evans took his wife’s Ford Focus car and drove it in Cross Street and the Kiln car park before joining the main road.

Mr de Villiers spent nine weeks in hospital in Plymouth and Coventry after being injured eight days into the charity ride which he was doing with friend Callum O’Brien to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support and the Addie Brady Foundation.

He documented his slow road to recovery in posts on Instagram and Facebook, including some showing him in intensive care and taking his first steps.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666


https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon...yclist-4644666


Drunk driving, no licence, no insurance, banned from driving.
Self funded life in prison, he can work or starve.


Glad to see that his driving licence has been withdrawn.


What licence?

He was a cyclist.
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Old October 28th 20, 11:14 AM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Simon Mason[_6_]
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Default Tears in court as injured charity cyclist tells drink driver 'Iforgive you - DRIVER JAILED

On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:41:44 PM UTC, Simon Mason wrote:
I don't think I would have been so forgiving! Especially to some drunken old sot FOUR TIMES the drink drive limit.



Now in road.cc

QUOTE:

A hit-and-run motorist who was four times over the drink-drive limit when he hit a cyclist riding from John O’Groats to Land’s End has been told by a judge that it is inevitable that he will be jailed.

Stephen Evans failed to stop after he crashed into Jean-Pierre de Villiers near Combe Martin in Devon on May 22 last year, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Mr de Villiers, aged 37 and a fitness coach and motivational speaker, spent 15 days in intensive care after sustaining internal injuries as well as two broken legs, a broken arm, and a punctured lung, reports the North Devon Gazette (link is external).

In a statement, he said: “There are so many questions. I have thought about why it happened. I have no memory of the collision but as well as my injuries to remind me, I wake up at night with the smell of intensive care in my head.

“I have been asked what I feel about the driver. I feel nothing other than not wanting him to be on the road. I have zero animosity or negativity towards him.

“I forgave him straight away. I even feel sorry for him. For me, this was a life changing experience, but I am grateful to be alive.

“Mr Evans, I want you to know I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. There are consequences and repercussions for what you did to me.

“I really hope that whatever happens to you, you can use the time to heal whatever you need to heal and that you come out of this a better and stronger man. I forgive you.”

Evans, replying from the dock and reportedly sobbing, said: “I wish you the best. I never went out to hurt anyone. I wish it was the other way round. I would not be here and you would not be here.

“I pray for you most days, I pray hard. What you said got to me. I would have thought you would have a lot of animosity. I never meant to harm you, I am very, very sorry.”

The 69-year-old from Ilfracombe defendant was reportedly brought to court by police yesterday after allegedly getting drunk on a train and missing his stop.

He had initially pleaded not guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving, driving while disqualified and uninsured, and failing to stop, but subsequently admitted the offences.

Evans will be sentenced at a later hearing.

https://road.cc/content/news/driver-...cyclist-278299
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Old October 28th 20, 12:28 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Tears in court as injured charity cyclist tells drink driver 'Iforgive you - DRIVER JAILED

On 28/10/2020 10:14, Simon Mason wrote:
On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:41:44 PM UTC, Simon Mason wrote:
I don't think I would have been so forgiving! Especially to some drunken old sot FOUR TIMES the drink drive limit.



Now in road.cc

QUOTE:

A hit-and-run motorist who was four times over the drink-drive limit when he hit a cyclist riding from John O’Groats to Land’s End has been told by a judge that it is inevitable that he will be jailed.

Stephen Evans failed to stop after he crashed into Jean-Pierre de Villiers near Combe Martin in Devon on May 22 last year, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Mr de Villiers, aged 37 and a fitness coach and motivational speaker, spent 15 days in intensive care after sustaining internal injuries as well as two broken legs, a broken arm, and a punctured lung, reports the North Devon Gazette (link is external).

In a statement, he said: “There are so many questions. I have thought about why it happened. I have no memory of the collision but as well as my injuries to remind me, I wake up at night with the smell of intensive care in my head.

“I have been asked what I feel about the driver. I feel nothing other than not wanting him to be on the road. I have zero animosity or negativity towards him.

“I forgave him straight away. I even feel sorry for him. For me, this was a life changing experience, but I am grateful to be alive.

“Mr Evans, I want you to know I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. There are consequences and repercussions for what you did to me.

“I really hope that whatever happens to you, you can use the time to heal whatever you need to heal and that you come out of this a better and stronger man. I forgive you.”

Evans, replying from the dock and reportedly sobbing, said: “I wish you the best. I never went out to hurt anyone. I wish it was the other way round. I would not be here and you would not be here.

“I pray for you most days, I pray hard. What you said got to me. I would have thought you would have a lot of animosity. I never meant to harm you, I am very, very sorry.”

The 69-year-old from Ilfracombe defendant was reportedly brought to court by police yesterday after allegedly getting drunk on a train and missing his stop.

He had initially pleaded not guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving, driving while disqualified and uninsured, and failing to stop, but subsequently admitted the offences.

Evans will be sentenced at a later hearing.

https://road.cc/content/news/driver-...cyclist-278299


It's quite right that it should be in "road.cc".

The man in the dock - with no driving licence - was a qualified cyclist
and nothing else.
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Old October 28th 20, 12:46 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Tears in court as injured charity cyclist tells drink driver 'Iforgive you - DRIVER JAILED

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10:14:21 AM UTC, Simon Mason wrote:
On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:41:44 PM UTC, Simon Mason wrote:
I don't think I would have been so forgiving! Especially to some drunken old sot FOUR TIMES the drink drive limit.



Now in road.cc


Pity that readers' comments are not allowed yet. Four times the drink limit must be some sort of record for a motorist who was actually still "capable" of driving a car!
 




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