A 24-YEAR-OLD driver who knocked down a cyclist has appeared in court and claimed the man on the bike was travelling too fast.
Matthew Gosling, of Royal Sussex Crescent, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Friday morning (July 29) and admitted driving without due care and attention on April 16.
The court heard Gosling was turning right into Moatcroft Road from The Goffs, Old Town, when he hit the cyclist causing him to be thrown in to the air.
Gosling stopped at the scene to call an ambulance and the cyclist was take to Eastbourne DGH where he was given stitches. His bike was written-off as a result of the smash.
When interviewed about the incident, Gosling said he felt it was the cyclist’s fault.
He told the officers he had not seen the cyclist and suggested he may have been on the pavement and then switched to cycling on the road shortly before the accident.
However, another motorist at the scene said the cyclist was clearly on the road and she was waiting for the bike to pass before she made her manoeuvre.
In court, Gosling represented himself and told the magistrates he felt the cyclist was travelling too fast because there was considerable damage to his car following the impact. He also said the sun was in his eyes at the time.
Magistrates fined Gosling £77 and ordered him to pay a £15 surcharge and £85 in court costs. His licence was endorsed with four penalty points.