A Worthing man appeared in Hove Crown Court yesterday (Monday April 29th) for sentencing after a hit and run collision in Tarring last year.
Michael Cardiff, 37, of Harefield Avenue, Worthing, was arrested on June 27th 2012 after his Subaru Impreza collided with a cyclist in South Street, catapulting him up in the air, causing severe injuries including multiple fractures. Cardiff drove off after the collision leaving the 33-year-old injured man on the ground.
Cardiff pleaded guilty to dangerous driving. The judge said Cardiff’s failure to stop was an aggravating factor and it would have been obvious to Cardiff he had hit the cyclist due to the extensive damage caused to his vehicle.
Cardiff was given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, banned from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended re-test, ordered to carry out 260 hours of unpaid work in the community and told to pay £1,500 court costs.
After the case PC Jon Bennion-Jones said: “It was clear that the cyclist had been involved in a big impact and had suffered multiple injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life. There were no known details of the vehicle, other than debris scattered at the scene but after identifying the vehicle from this and CCTV, we were able to swiftly locate the offending vehicle and make an arrest.
“I would like to thank the members of the public who stopped to help the injured cyclist and all those who assisted police in the investigation as it has led to the conviction of the person responsible for this terrible and avoidable incident.”