OAP hit cyclist at crossing

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A cyclist was knocked off his bike by a pensioner at a pedestrian crossing in Boston, the town’s magistrates have been told.

Sheila Floman claimed the light on John Adams Way had changed while she was going through it, magistrates heard, and on Wednesday, her solicitor pleaded guilty on her behalf to driving without due care and attention and failing to report an incident on July 3.

Boston Magistrates’ Court was told that Simon Bowens had waited for the green man signal before crossing the busy main road, but as he was going across the car hit him and he was thrown from his bike.

Prosecutor Jim Clare: “She seems to indicate that as far as she was concerned the light was not on red, but a witness had stopped at the light when the defendant went through and made contact with the victim.”

Floman, of Forge Crescent, Pinchbeck, who did not appear in court, did not report the incident to the police at the time, but responded when she was later contacted by officers.

Daven Naghan, mitigating, said she pulled over after feeling ‘a gentle bump’, but the cyclist had already ridden away.

The solicitor added: “She has 63 years of driving experience and she has never had an accident. She is known among her friends to be a good driver.

“She accepts there was a collision with the bike, but her recollection was that the bike was at the side of her car.

“She accepts she has perhaps paid insufficient attention to the road and the road conditions.”

Floman was on her way to visit a friend in hospital when this happened. Mr Naghen said this may show her caring nature.

She was fined £170 and has to pay £43 costs and a £15 surcharge. Her licence has been endorsed with six points.