Engineer lost control on bend

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A CIVIL engineer lost control on a country bend and hit a cyclist, a court was told.

Matthew Hodgson, 23, of Dowbridge, Kirkham, pleaded guilty to driving a Land Rover Defender without due care and attention when he appeared before Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting said Hodgson lost control on Moorside in Treales, at 6.15pm on August 25 last year, skidded across the road and collided with cyclist Stephen Knott.

Mr Knott suffered serious injuries, including multiple breaks to a leg for which he is still receiving intense physiotherapy.

Malcolm Cartwright, defending, said the car had had its brakes repaired and Hodgson was driving it back from the garage for his father.

When Hodgson braked at a bend the brakes seemed to lock on the wet road.

After the crash Hodgson immediately went to aid the cyclist and called 999 from his mobile. Within a week of the accident he had contacted the cyclist to ask about his health.

Hodgson had written to the court saying he deeply regretted the incident and his sincerest apologies went to the victim.

He had just got his first job and was asking magistrates not to disqualify him as he would lose his employment if he could not drive.

Blackpool magistrates said they could have disqualified Hodgson from driving but were not going to do so because of his diligent conduct at the accident scene and him having no previous convictions.

Hodgson was fined £400 with £43 costs, and had seven motoring penalty points put on his licence.