Lorry driver sobs after cyclist he left in coma says ‘get on with your life’

A lorry driver sobbed in the dock as an emotional message from the man he left with life-changing injuries was read out in court.

Cyclist and fitness fanatic Chris Peach, 51, spent six weeks in a coma after suffering a series of catastrophic injuries when he was hit by a Mercedes HGV driven by Mark Philpott, 51, in Freetown Way, west Hull, on November 22, 2017.

But big-hearted Mr Peach said he bears the driver no ill feeling and told him to "get on with his life", Hull Live reports.

After making a "remarkable" recovery following a four-month stay in hospital, Mr Peach attended Philpott’s sentencing hearing at Hull Crown Court on Monday and revealed he was back in the saddle.


Before he was invited to give evidence in front of Judge Mark Bury, prosecutor Charlotte Baines said: "He would like to reach out to Mr Philpott to tell him it is all OK and he should get on with his life as best as possible."

Philpott, Oldham, became emotional in the dock on hearing that and wiped tears from his eyes.

He denied causing serious injury by dangerous driving but admitted careless driving.

Philpott, who was heading for the M62 after making a delivery in Sutton Fields, was switching lanes to turn left onto Ferensway when he collided with Mr Peach, an experienced cyclist who was wearing high visibility clothes and equipment, and had lights on his bike and helmet.

Miss Baines said a witness "heard a strange banging noise and saw that there appeared to be some debris in the road, and he realised that was a cycle and an individual in what he described as a crumpled mess".


Mr Peach, a town planner who had been cycling to and from work for 25 years, could remember nothing after going to get on his bicycle at 4pm.

His injuries included fractures to his face, spine, jaw, sternum, ribs, arm, shoulder, elbow and toes, as well as a collapsed lung and kidney failure.

Asked by the judge how it was to by cycling on the same route home again, Mr Peach said: "I’m a bit slower than I used to be but it’s fine. A little bit nerve-wracking.

:"I realise accidents happen and you have to be careful, and most of the time when you’re careful you’re OK."

"Nobody’s saying you were not careful on the day in question," the judge said.

Mr Peach, a triathlete, said he had begun swimming and running again, but not as much as he used to and said: "Age has caught up with me and the accident has caught up with me."

"I don’t know whether to regard you as lucky or unlucky," Judge Bury said.

Mr Peach said: "I consider myself lucky. There’s plenty of life left even though it might not quite be as I planned it. It’s still left to enjoy."

Philpott also became emotional when told he would not be losing his licence.

He was fined £500 and had six points put on his licence.

The judge told him: "Where you are culpable is when you were stationary you failed to appreciate Mr Peach cycling up behind you.

"He was there to be seen in high visibility equipment and lights, and had you been paying proper attention you would have seen him, should have seen him, and therefore before you manoeuvred into the left hand lane you would have ensured he was not in the way of your lorry – that’s your failing."

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