Preston cyclist catches crash horror on camera

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This was the shocking moment a cyclist was almost killed by a car driving on the wrong side of the road.

Mike Inkley spent four days in intensive care after a Volkswagen Passat driven by Jabbir Ahmed crashed into him in Church Street, Preston, in July.

Footage from Michael Inkley's cycling accident

Footage from Michael Inkley's cycling accident

Ahmed, 45, of Southern Avenue, Frenchwood, Preston, initially ­denied wrongdoing, but Mr Inkley’s helmet ­camera showed Ahmed pulling out of Church Street on the wrong side of the road and hitting the bike.

Mr Inkley, a 52-year-old photographer, sustained injuries meaning he may never be able to hold a camera properly again, including a broken collar bone, broken shoulder blade, a collapsed shoulder, eight broken ribs, collapsed lungs, a haemothorax, pneumothorax and smashed teeth.

Just before Ahmed appeared before Preston Magistrates’ Court last Thursday, he entered a guilty plea by letter to a charge of driving without due care and attention and was fined a total of £470 and given nine penalty points.

Mr Inkley said: “I’m very happy he’s got nine points. I’ve been told it’s the maximum that he could have been given for the charge and goes to show the severity of the incident. I think this shows that the justice system does work.

MULTIPLE INJURIES: Cyclist Mike Inkley

MULTIPLE INJURIES: Cyclist Mike Inkley

“But if I hadn’t have been wearing a helmet camera, it would have just been my word against his and he wouldn’t have been prosecuted as there were no live witnesses.

“I would urge every cyclist to wear one, they’ve come down a lot in price now, as have helmets, which I believe should be compulsory.

“If I hadn’t been wearing one I wouldn’t be here today. Any cyclist who goes out without a helmet telling his wife and children he loves them is lying.”

Mr Inkley, of Longbrook Avenue, Bamber Bridge, said he has bought a new bike, but has not been felt confident enough to go out on it yet.