Farmer jailed for hit-and-run on Paralympic cyclist
PUBLISHED August 30, 2012
Medal-winning cyclist Simon Richardson was training for the London games near his home in Bridgend, south Wales, when 61-year-old Edward Adams knocked the sportsman over in his van before driving off.
Mr Richardson suffered a fractured spine, broken pelvis, collapsed lung and perforated bowel.
After the crash Adams, an alcoholic, then rushed back home to hide his vehicle before pouring himself a glass of whisky, in a bid to try to disguise the fact he had been drinking before the collision, Cardiff Crown Court was told.
Judge Daniel Williams said Adams had shown limited empathy for his victim, and none of the courage and dignity displayed by Mr Richardson.
He said: "You first got into the car at 8.45am that morning and when you were breathalysed just after midday you were more than twice the legal drink drive limit.