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Man guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving in Chertsey

Bridge Road, Chertsey

Published by Lucinda Horsley at 2:49pm 24th April 2019. (Updated at 3:01pm 24th April 2019)

A man has been banned from driving for over two years for causing serious injury by dangerous driving in Chertsey.

The victim, a semi-pro cyclist, had to have surgery after going over the handlebars of her bike and landing on her head and shoulder. 

59-year-old Ralph Keemer, of Forest Drive, Sunbury-upon-Thames, tooted his horn at her whilst he was driving along Bridge Road in August last year. 

Police say the cyclist was avoiding potholes on her nearside but Keemer became impatient in his car. 

He then pulled alongside the victim and verbally abused her, before going on to steer towards her. 

This resulted in his front nearside wheel hitting the kerb and causing him to brake sharply.

The cyclist was forced to brake hard, causing her to go over the handlebars and land on her head and shoulder.

Keemer didn't stop at the scene or report it, telling officers that what happened to her was "karma".

He also admitted he knew his actions caused the accident. 

The 59-year-old has been given a 14 month suspended prison sentence, following the crash which left the victim cyclist with GBH level injuries.

He was also banned from driving for 30 months, following which he will have to re-sit his driving test to the enhanced level.

Investigating officer PC Marin Garvanovic said:

“The incident resulted in the victim having to have surgery on her shoulder, despite which will never return to its pre-injury condition. As a semi-professional triathlete, this has been absolutely devastating for her.

“The case also serves as a timely reminder to motorists to give cyclists as much room as they would when overtaking a car when passing them.”

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