Man jailed for 80mph crash that changed cyclist's life
A HIT-AND-RUN driver who left a cyclist with life-changing injuries has been jailed for six months.
Driver Richard Malia, who had earlier been drinking in Derby city centre, left Tyrone Tunnicliffe with a fractured spine and a pelvis in the accident eight months ago, Derby Crown Court heard.
Mr Tunnicliffe needed two major operations, had metal plates inserted and is still unable to walk unaided.
Malia, 21, was travelling at 80mph along Manor Road, which has a 40mph limit, when he hit 35-year-old Mr Tunnicliffe from behind, throwing the cyclist from his bike.
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His Audi A3 then veered over to the opposite side of the dual carriageway and hit a parked car before speeding off in the wrong direction, said prosecutor Sherrall Pickford.
Jailing him for six months, Recorder Stephen Eyre said: "I have to sentence you for an appalling piece of driving which had serious consequences for the man you knocked off his bike.
"You drove at 80mph at night, in a 40mph limit, no doubt also having been drinking earlier in the evening, and caused serious injuries to Mr Tunnicliffe."
The court heard that Mr Tunnicliffe, a cleaner at Royal Derby Hospital, was still in a lot of pain, needed physiotherapy every day, could only walk short distances with the support of walking sticks and now used a mobility scooter to get around.
Miss Pickford said: "He has not been able to work since the incident and it will be a long time yet before he can. He says the incident has affected his whole life and his family's life because during the course of the operations his parents were told there was a risk that he might have died."
Miss Pickford said that Malia, of Larkhill Crescent, Sinfin, did not go to police until about 24 hours after the crash, which happened at about 1am on March 13.
"He said that while driving he lost control of the wheel due to a tyre blowing and went over to the other carriageway and hit a car.
"He denied colliding with a cyclist. He said he struck something before colliding with the car but did not know what. He accepted he had been drinking. He accepted his speed was grossly excessive at 80mph."
Malia admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report it as soon as reasonable.
Stephen Cobley, in mitigation, said: "On that day he made some terrible and illegal decisions which have had some disastrous consequences for the victim. Mr Malia is sorry for his actions and the effect had on Mr Tunnicliffe."
Malia was also banned from driving for a year and will have to pass an extended test to recover his licence.