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Tears in court as injured charity cyclist tells drink driver 'Iforgive you - DRIVER JAILED



 
 
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Old October 29th 20, 06:43 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
Mike Collins
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Default Tears in court as injured charity cyclist tells drink driver 'Iforgive you - DRIVER JAILED

On Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 17:20:29 UTC, JNugent wrote:
On 29/10/2020 16:54, Mike Collins wrote:
On Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 15:31:05 UTC, JNugent wrote:
On 29/10/2020 13:45, Mike Collins wrote:
On Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 12:04:22 UTC, JNugent wrote:
On 29/10/2020 12:00, Mike Collins wrote:
On Wednesday, 28 October 2020 at 11:26:47 UTC, JNugent wrote:
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.

When were pedestrian licences introduced in Nugentsworld?
I know it rankles with you, but the man convicted of those offences was
not a driver and was qualified only to ride a bike - an activity which
requires no skill or knowledge and certainly no licence.

And that's all he was qualified for - riding a bike.

He was and remains a cyclist.

So you are claiming he was not allowed to walk?


Did I say that?


Yes.

You are a *liar*.


Please provide evidence to support this claim.


Sorry, that cannot be put less abrasively.
Everone *is* a pedestrian. It requires no permission, no training and no
licence.

Anyone can be a cyclist. It requires no expertise, no training, no
knowledge (lucky, that), no licence and no consideration for others.

He was a cyclist (and still is). Classic case of one, TBH.


So you agree cyclists, unlike motorists, have a RIGHT to use the roads.

I agree that the offender was qualified only as a cyclist. That's all he
was and nothing more.

Even you can't seriously dispute that (without telling more of your
lies, I mean).


Thank you for proving my point.

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