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Carlisle driver admits causing crash

[F]ollowing a road traffic accident on Peter Lane off Dalston Road, Carlisle, on the afternoon of June 22, the driver of a Ford van pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

Magistrates in Carlisle were told how the driver Neil Graham, 46, of Beck Road, Belle Vue, Carlisle, was driving along Peter Lane towards the roundabout on Wigton Road when he saw two-pedal cyclists in front of him, he commenced to overtake them when one of the cyclists displayed his right hand arm to give a signal that he was heading towards the cycle lane at the junction, [roundabout] the court was told by then it was to late to stop and he knocked the cyclist off his bike, after the impact from his bumper on the van, the cyclist ended up on the grass verge, the victim did not need hospital treatment.

Neil Graham did not attend court today [Thurs] He pleaded guilty by letter, saying he did not want to waste the courts time, and apologised to the cyclist, magistrates were told he has held a driving licence for 29-years, and admits his driving at the time fell short of the standard required, he also stated in the letter he will now show due diligence in the future.

He was fined £80 with court costs of £85 and a victims surcharge of £30, six-penalty points were placed on his licence.

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