A CYCLIST whose arm was smashed when he was hit by a car in Sheffield has returned to work and won a payout to cover the costs of his recovery.
Stewart Smith, aged 43, of Firth Park, suffered an open fracture to his elbow when he was thrown into the air after being struck by the vehicle on Brook Hill roundabout near Sheffield University.
The Thurcroft Cycling Club member underwent five hours of surgery to insert 15 screws, two metal plates, and a length of wire through his right arm and elbow.
The wire was removed months after the accident last January, but Stewart’s movement has been left permanently restricted and he was unable to return to his job as a deputy manager at a children’s residential home in Ecclesall.
Stewart’s solicitors have now recovered a settlement on his behalf to help cover the costs of his care and rehabilitation, as well as his legal costs and loss of earnings.
He’s also found work in a bike shop and has set up a voluntary cycling club.
Following the crash, the driver of the car tried to flee the scene, but two police officers who witnessed the incident stopped him further down the road.
The driver was charged with driving without due care and attention and handed a £90 fine with four penalty points, a £15 victim surcharge and £35 costs.
Stewart said he thought the sentence was too lenient, because of the extent of his injuries and the fact he was left with permanent movement difficulties in his elbow.
He said: “After the impact the crash had on my life, the initial sentence felt like a real slap in the face. I was in and out of hospital, I was in pain and I could no longer work at the job I loved.
“The driver attempted to flee and yet only had to pay £140, meaning he was practically free to just drive away from court when I could barely walk.”
Stewart said he is now getting his life back on track.
He said: “This settlement doesn’t put things back to how they were, but at least it gives me some justice and allows me to rebuild my life.”
Road traffic injury expert Nicky Meese, from Stewart’s solicitors Irwin Mitchell, said: “It’s a huge relief for Stewart that after his initial disappointment with the trial, we’ve been able to support him.
“He can now look to put the incident behind him and begin to move on with his life.”
She said: “We’ll always fight for those who have been a victim of an incident which was not their fault and where their lives have been affected as a result.”