Man in the dock over collision with cyclist

Police at the scene of the incident
Police at the scene of the incident
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A man has appeared in court charged with causing a cyclist to suffer a serious brain injury in a city centre collision.

The crash happened in May on Bourges Boulevard on the roundabout near the Volunteer Fire Station in Peterborough city centre and left the cyclist, a man who is aged in his mid-50s, in intensive care for two weeks with severe head injuries.

On Wednesday Asid Hussain (21) of Summerfield Road, Peterborough, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court where he faced charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident in relation to the incident.

The court heard the collision happened at about 5.30am on Friday, May 23.

Anthea Harris, prosecuting said: “The defendant was driving a black Vauxhall Corsa, and there was a collision on a roundabout.

“The cyclist suffered serious head injuries.”

Miss Harris said the cyclist, who is from the Peterborough area, suffered a number of injuries, including a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.

She added: “He spent two weeks in intensive care, and it is possible he may have suffered a permanent brain injury in the incident.”

The cyclist was found lying injured in the road by officers early in the morning.

He was taken to Peterborough City Hospital, but needed to be transferred shortly afterwards, and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for further treatment to his injuries.

A stretch of the road was closed for several hours while police investigations took place.

During the short preliminary hearing, Hussain spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address to the court clerk.

He did not indicate a plea to either of the two charges he faces when they were put to him as he stood on his own in the court dock.

District Judge Ken Sheraton said the case was too serious to be heard at the Peterborough Magistrates’ Court, and said the next preliminary hearing should take place at the Peterborough Crown Court.

Hussain was granted bail by Judge Sheraton until the next court hearing, which will take place on Wednesday, March 4.