Man charged over Simon Richardson’s crash

Drink-driving among charges levelled at 60-year-old van driver

Simon Richardson poses with his gold medal for his win in the men's 1km time trial at the 2008 Paralympics

A 60-year-old man from Wales has been charged in connection with the crash that left champion Paralympic cyclist Simon Richardson fighting for his life.


Police say the man, from the Vale of Glamorgan, has been charged with dangerous driving, drink-driving and failing to stop after an accident, according to the BBC. He will appear before Barry magistrates on 7 December.

Richardson was cycling along the A48 near Bridgend on 17 August when he is believed to have been struck by a white van. He was airlifted to a Cardiff hospital where he was treated for multiple fractures to the spine, a double pelvis break and a broken sternum.


The Welshman faces up to three years on the sidelines and is certain to miss the London Paralympic Games next summer. Despite his injuries, he has vowed to get back cycling and return to his pre-crash form, and has already taken the first steps towards that goal with indoor Wattbike training