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Car crash cyclist given £50k damages payout

ALAN ERWIN

A CYCLIST who crashed into a car during a training run is to receive more than £50,000 in damages, a High Court judge has ruled.

Motorist John Campbell was held to be liable for the unspecified injuries Conor McAllister suffered in the dual carriageway collision just outside Ballymena.

But Mr Justice Stephens reduced Mr McAllister's £70,000 payout by 25% for the contributory negligence of looking down at a heart rate monitor rather than watching the road.

The 25-year-old amateur cyclist sued Mr Campbell over the collisopn, which occurred in November 2009. He had been riding out to Broughshane village as part of a route which included Cloughmills and Glenarm.

The defendant had decided to pull over in his Renault Scenic to give his sister-in-law a lift.

He claimed Mr McAllister just rode straight into the back of his car, which had been stopped stationary for 30 seconds.

But Mr Justice Stephens held that the length of scrape marks on the car was inconsistent with it having been stopped and the handbrake applied. And he said the defendant should have been looking at where he was going.

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