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Motorist accepts she “overlooked” cyclist

A Nottinghamshire driver who hit a cyclist at a roundabout, causing serious life-altering injuries, has received six penalty points and a £200 fine.

Nottinghamshire Live reports that on July 30 last year Kay Melvin pulled out in front of a cyclist who was already on a roundabout. He tried to avoid her but was hit.

According to Ann Barrett, prosecuting, "The front offside wheel went over his chest and the rear offside wheel over his helmet. He suffered serious life-altering injuries.”

Barrett said that the helmet prevented a significant head injury.

Melvin admitted driving without due care and attention.

Tom Gent, mitigating, said: "She is genuinely devastated that her mistake has caused the injuries it has done."

He added: “It had been raining that morning and visibility was reduced at the busy mini roundabout, which has a white circle painted on the road. She checked the road before pulling out.

"It seems she looked and saw no car or any such vehicle and nothing on the roundabout. She must have looked beyond the cyclist who was already present. She accepts entirely she missed him, overlooked him.

"She accepts her driving fell below the required standards and it is something she bitterly regrets. There is genuine remorse. She has been badly affected by what has happened. It is something she has struggled to come to terms with."

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