A DRIVER who hit a cyclist after claiming he “blended into the landscape” has been fined.

Tomas Edwards, aged 33, of Charlton Cottages, Hartlebury, was driving along Worcester Road in Droitwich when he struck the cyclist at around 10am on August 5.

Liam Finch, prosecuting at Worcester Magistrates Court, said Edwards turned sharply into Primsland Road and hit the cyclist “as if he wasn’t there”.

Mr Finch said eye witnesses believed the silver Mazda was travelling at about 20mph.

He added: “The cyclist was thrown into the air and landed on the bonnet of the defendant’s car.”

The court heard how the cyclist suffered cuts to both legs and grazes to his fingers.

"He also received a knock to the head which left him feeling dazed."

Mr Finch said Edwards, aged 33, was concerned for the injured man and very remorseful.

Edwards, who pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, said: “The man was on a black bike and was wearing black clothing - he wasn’t wearing anything which was high visibility.

“I just didn’t see him, he blended into the landscape with what he was wearing.”

Edwards was fined £135 and given three penalty points. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.