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Family of cyclist left paralysed speak of their distress after driver faces £80 fine

Family of 72-year-old cyclist left tetraplegic after collision describe the 'most difficult time of their lives' as driver is given £80 fine

Rod Bartley

18 July 2016

The family of a 72-year-old man who was left tetraplegic after a collision with a tractor have spoken of the devastating effect the incident has had on the whole family and their huge disappointment after the driver of the vehicle, Ian Francis, was only given an £80 fine, made to pay £85 costs and got 6 points on his licence when sentenced for driving without due care and attention.

Rod Bartley who rode for the North Shropshire Wheelers was cycling in Hope, North Wales on 11 January 2016 on a training ride from his home in Mold, when he collided with the tractor which turned right across his path.

Mr Bartley was taken by air ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital for treatment for catastrophic injuries to his spine which have left him tetraplegic.

He spent a further 3.5 months in rehabilitation at the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injury at Gobowen, and is now in a specially adapted temporary home which is accessible for his wheelchair and with sufficient room to house his carers.

His Daughters, Emma Johnson and Caroline Lloyd issued a joint statement following the sentencing of the driver at Mold Magistrates’ Court on 28 June 2016:

“This has been the most difficult time in our lives and we are very disappointed in the sentence as we do not think it is reflective of the severity of the injuries our Dad has endured. At 72 our Dad was one of the fittest people we knew, his life revolved around his family and his love and passion for cycling and golf.

“He now needs round the clock medical care from a team of carers who assist him with all aspects of his life. Words cannot describe how awful this has been for our Dad and the impact it has had on the whole family.

“Dad was an active grandparent to his four lovely grandchildren, he can no longer hug and hold them, play with them, collect them from school and be the independent man he always was.

“We will carry on with this new way of living, making Dad and Mum’s life the best it can be through the love and support of all of our family and friends.

“We would like to thank PC Phil Paddock and North Wales Police for their support and professionalism, the NHS and all of the dedicated medical staff at Stoke and Gobowen, our case workers and our new team of carers.”

Mr Bartley, a long term member of British Cycling, has appointed their solicitors, Leigh Day, to pursue a claim for damages on his behalf.

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