Driver hits cyclist, fined

The consequences of a driver who knocked over a cyclist at a central Nelson roundabout was "every driver's dread", the Nelson District Court heard yesterday.

Ian Loftus, 64, admitted a charge of careless driving causing injury on December 11. He had been driving along Halifax St and when he approached the roundabout, hit a cyclist and knocked her off her bike. She was left with a broken ankle and concussion among other injuries.

Lawyer John Sandston said Loftus had looked in both directions but had not seen the cyclist. He called emergency services and stayed with the woman until help arrived.

Judge Ian Mill noted Loftus' clean driving record. He was convicted and fined $500 plus court costs and disqualified from driving for six months. Loftus was also ordered to pay the cyclist $1000.