Cyclist lost arm after hit-and-run

A cyclist had to have his arm amputated after he smashed into the windscreen of a car driven by a man who left him for dead, a court heard
A cyclist had to have his arm amputated after he smashed into the windscreen of a car driven by a man who left him for dead, a court heard
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A cyclist had to have his arm amputated after he smashed into the windscreen of a car driven by a man who left him for dead, a court heard.

Danny Hollowell, 25, of The Causeway, Northampton, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice following the crash on September 25 last year.

Northampton Crown Court heard Hollowell was driving along Wellingborough Road, near Irthlingborough, at 11pm when he overtook a car and then collided with cyclist Simon Simon who was travelling in the opposite direction.

Alex Bull, prosecuting, said Mr Simon’s arm went through the windscreen before Hollowell was then seen by a witness to “drive off at speed”.

Ms Bull said other drivers stopped at the crash scene and a doctor who treated Mr Simon said he was not sure he would survive his injuries.

As a result of the crash, Mr Simon had to have his right arm amputated. Ms Bull said: “There were warning signs prior to where Hollowell overtook the vehicle about hidden dips.

“The cyclist would have been clearly visible as he was wearing a high-visibility jacket and a head torch.”

She said Hollowell drove home and had a shower. He then reported to police that his car had been stolen.

After pieces of glass were found in his shower, Hollowell admitted he was the driver and told officers he had “panicked”.

He will be sentenced next month.