Driver admits hitting cycling mayor

Last updated 13:43 15/02/2013

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The driver who knocked Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown off her bicycle is to ask to be discharged without conviction for carelessly injuring her.

Allan Tabilog, 38, listed as a computing professional from Churton Park, today pleaded guilty to careless use of a motor vehicle injuring the mayor on October 27 last year.

Tabilog was driving his car south on Moorefield Rd about 2.30pm with the mayor on her bicycle travelling just in front of him on the far left of the lane.

The police summary of facts said she was wearing a safety helmet and long-sleeved high visibility yellow vest.

Tabilog sped up several times to go around her but because the road was too narrow was forced to slow back down behind her.

At the entrance to the Countdown supermarket carpark Tabilog checked for oncoming traffic then turned left, clipping the rear wheel of Wade-Brown's bike. She then fell, landing heavily on the footpath.

Wade-Brown narrowly avoided being run over by a taxi, which was coming out of the carpark.

After going to hospital she was treated for bruising to one leg and a fracture to the elbow of her left arm.

Tabilog told police he did not see her.

Wellington District Court judge Peter Hobbs remanded Tabilog at large until March to allow his lawyer to make an application for discharge without conviction. Tabilog has no other previous convictions.

Wade-Brown is looking for $305.24 for repairs to her bike and having to replace her helmet, which was cracked.

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- The Dominion Post

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