Fury as driver avoids prison but cyclist may never be able to ride again

Graham 'Syd' Flasby, who is recovering from his injuries at home in Rossington.
Graham 'Syd' Flasby, who is recovering from his injuries at home in Rossington.
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A MOTHER has criticised a suspended prison sentence given to a furious car driver who mowed down her son and his pal as they cycled on a peaceful Doncaster country lane.

Graham Flasby, aged 53, from Old Rossington, faces three years of rehabilitation after almost every bone in his body was shattered by the high-speed impact near Robin Hood Airport last summer.

It is quite likely he will not be able to ride his bike or go skiing again because of the crippling injuries.

His friend Paul Webster, 52, from Bessacarr, escaped with lesser injuries.

Doncaster Crown Court was told Mr Flasby ‘will never be the man he was’ because of the injuries, which included a broken shoulder, both arms fractured, broken ribs and pelvis, and shattered legs.

He has undergone five operations, the most serious to repair his pelvis, and doctors say he will need 18 months to three years rehab with no promise that he can walk unaided again.

The court was told car driver Andrew Askew was having a row with his partner when he ploughed into the two riders on High Common Lane, Austerfield, last August.

Mr Flasby’s mother, Margaret Dumville, said afterwards: “I wanted him to go to jail but I didn’t think he would because they never do.

“He has ruined Graham’s life. It’s awful what he has suffered. He was a very fit man but there’s not a lot he can do now.

“He is still on crutches and has a fixator on his leg with 24 pins in it which he will have on for at least another six to eight months

“He certainly won’t be able to ski again because of the damage to his arm and he may never ride a bike again.”

Mr Flasby’s £3,500 carbon fibre bike was also smashed to pieces in the crash.