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Hit and run driver sentenced

A hit and run driver from Manchester who seriously injured a 24-year-old cyclist from Ulverston has been sentenced to a nine-and-a-half year prison sentence and also disqualified from driving for eight years and nine months at Preston Crown Court.

15 November 2017

John Burns, 30, from Sycamore Road in Manchester was charged with seven offences after the crash, which happened at the junction of Park Road and Priory Road in Ulverston on July 26th this year.

Burns, who was driving a stolen VW Polo, which he had hijacked from a woman in a car park at Truckhaven Services on the M6, fled the scene, leaving Jack Talbot from Ulverston with life threatening injuries, including a serious brain injury, spinal fracture, broken shoulder, broken ribs and a punctured lung.

On sentencing, His Honour Judge Philip Parry called Burns a coward and despicable for targeting vulnerable women and added that Burns showed a complete disregard for vulnerable road users.
Commenting after the sentencing, Mr Talbot’s Solicitor, Rachel Botterill from the cycling team at law firm Leigh Day, said:

"Jack is relieved the criminal proceedings are now over and justice has been done. This was a horrific collision, following which he spent thirteen days in an induced coma. He is extremely grateful to the medical staff at the Royal Preston Hospital who saved his life, especially Great North Air Ambulance Services which attended the scene of the accident and airlifted him to hospital. He is acutely aware of the expertise and care they demonstrated, being a paramedic himself.
“A keen cyclist, Jack is fortunate to be a member of British Cycling, who are supporting Jack’s legal claim following the potentially life altering injuries he sustained.”

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