Driver who hit cyclist at 80mph and left him for dead jailed for two years

Danny Hollowell
Danny Hollowell

An “aggressive and petulant” driver from Northampton has been jailed for two years after he hit a cyclist at 80mph and then left him for dead in the road.

Danny Hollowell, aged 25, of Great Billing, struck cyclist Simon Simon, 59, after he overtook another motorist at speed on the Wellingborough Road, near Irthlingborough, shortly after 11pm on September 25 last year.

Mr Simon was found at the side of the road by the occupants of the vehicle overtaken by Hollowell, who said Hollowell’s van had been travelling at about 80mph, and taken to hospital.

As a result of the impact with Hollowell’s van, Mr Simon’s right arm had to be amputated in an operation at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry.

Instead of stopping at the scene, Hollowell, who later admitted to police he had been drinking earlier that evening, returned home, showered and later asked his landlord to say they had been to the pub together that night.

When later presented with forensic evidence which showed tiny fragments of broken glass in his clothes, hair and shower, Hollowell admitted he had been the driver but maintained he did not know for definite that he had hit a person, saying he thought he had struck a deer.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Mr Simon said the loss of his arm has had a devastating impact on his life.

He said: “I am right-handed so it has made it virtually impossible to carry out daily tasks. A few days ago it took me 30 minutes to get dressed.”

Hollowell pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice.

Recorder Timothy Spencer, sentencing, said: “This was very, very bad driving. It was aggressive and it was probably petulant as well. There was an element of drink although it is impossible to know how much was in you.”