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Driver who fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into three cyclists, including a man from Bourne, has his jail sentence reduced




An uninsured driver who seriously injured three cyclists, including one from Bourne, has had his jail sentence cut by nine months.

Michael Bradbury (30), was originally jailed for 45 months in September when a court heard how he had driven off without helping the cyclists, despite knowing "he had hit something."

One of the victims was Christopher Pratt (31), of Bourne, who was taking part in a 600km overnight cycling event in September, 2017.

Lincoln Crown Court (5209362)
Lincoln Crown Court (5209362)

Mr Pratt and two other cyclists, dentist Bill Tweddell (58), of Colchester, Essex, and veterinary surgeon Adrian Boswood (52), of Hertfordshire, were all riding in single file, displaying powerful lights and wearing reflective clothing when the collision occurred on the A15 in Lincoln.

During the original hearing at Lincoln Crown Court, Bradbury admitted three charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after prosecution barrister Katherine Goddard described how Mr Tweddell was left fighting for his life when the defendant drove straight into the back of the group of cyclists.

Both Mr Pratt and Mr Boswood were also seriously injured, with the cyclists havingbeen diverted by police on to the A15 between Lincoln and Sleaford due to another fatal accident on their chosen B road at Branston.

But a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court today (Monday) concluded that theguidelines used to sentence Bradbury were too high.

Michael Bradbury (4062930)
Michael Bradbury (4062930)

Judge Andrew Easteal therefore reduced Bradbury's jail sentence from 45 months to 36 months.

Bradbury, who had already stopped at a fast food outlet because he felt tired, admitted in interview he was aware of his eyes becoming heavy but he chose to continue because he was not far from home.

Miss Goddard said: "Mr Bradbury drove straight in to the back of the group and all three riders were left either lying in the road or on the verge.

"Mr Pratt got up, Mr Boswood tried to stand up but couldn't do so and Mr Tweddell was immediately knocked unconscious."

Police arrested Bradbury at his Sleaford home just three hours later after examining ANPR cameras and finding distinctive mesh from his Volkswagen Scirocco at the scene.

He responded by asking officers "What did I hit?" and later claimed he had told his girlfriend that he would go to the police after he had slept.

Checks showed Bradbury's car insurance had been cancelled after he failed to provide details of his no claims bonus.

However, the judge accepted that Bradbury might not have known this.

Miss Goddard added: "The fact there was more than one person seriously injured as a result of the failures in his driving is an aggravating feature.

"The fact he was driving without insurance when the offence was committed is also an aggravating feature, as is the fact that he drove away."

All three riders were taking part in the event, known as the Flatlands 600k, which involved around 70 cyclists who were travelling from Essex to Goole and then back again in 40 hours.

Mr Pratt, who suffered several fractured ribs, said he was happy that Bradbury had pleaded guilty and shown remorse.

However, Mr Pratt added that he had been much more fortunate than the other two riders.



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