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Paralympian injured in hit and run accident

A 60-year-old farmer, who left the scene of a car crash having hit a Paralympic cycling champion, has been jailed for six months after the court convicted him of dangerous driving.

The cyclist suffered a collapsed lung, a perforated bowel, spinal fractures and a broken pelvis in the 2011 accident which occurred near Bridgend in South Wales. His injuries effectively ended his chances of competing at the 2012 London Paralympics and meant he will have to undergo complex spinal surgery to repair the damage.

There is no report yet as to whether the cyclist, who was originally rendered disabled in a car accident in 2001, will make a road traffic accident claim in respect of his latest personal injuries. However, he told reporters that he was "lucky" the driver received a jail term of 18 months.

The court heard how the farmer had been drinking alcohol from 6am on the day of the accident and was almost two and a half times the legal alcohol limit when he underwent a breath test later that day, following the accident.

He left the scene of the accident, attempted to hide his van and later lied to police in an attempt to conceal his part in the incident.

The cyclist, an MBE and winner of two Paralympic gold medals and one silver at the 2008 Beijing games, told journalists that he would be going for gold again in Rio 2016.

"I've done it before and I know I can do it again," he said.



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