A CYCLIST was badly injured when a driver pulled out in front of him on a Droitwich roundabout.

Richard Evans, aged 24, of Oakleigh Road, Droitwich, admitted careless driving when he appeared before Worcester magistrates.

The court was told that the rider had been approaching the Copcut Island, the roundabout in Droitwich, from Worcester when he was hit by a Ford Mondeo on October 7, sending him over the car bonnet.

Liam Finch, prosecuting, read out a statement from the cyclist in which he said: “The driver was looking in the opposite direction, away from me.

"He pulled out in front of me and I collided with the front offside of his vehicle. I went over the bonnet.”

Mr Finch said the cyclist suffered “a number of serious injuries” in the smash, including broken ribs and a fractured wrist.

Mr Finch said the cyclist claimed he was wearing fairly bright coloured clothes at the time, including leggings.

Evans stopped the car at the scene and expressed concern for the cyclist, Mr Finch said.

Mr Finch said: “He can’t explain why he didn’t see the cyclist. He did indicate at one time that the sun might have been in his eyes.”

Evans, who had a full clean driving licence, represented himself and was asked by magistrates whether he had anything to say in his defence.

He said: “He hadn’t got those coloured leggings on. That’s a minor thing.”

Magistrates added five penalty points to his licence, fined him £150, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

He offered to pay at £20 per week which was accepted by magistrates.