This article was published on December 18th, 2012
A family of a former Guardian newspaper journalist who suffered life-changing brain injuries in a cycling accident involving a Police car are suing the Metropolitan Police for more than £1m.
The father of three who is 63-years-old was thrown from his bike when a Police car crashed into him on the junction of Southgate Road and Northchurch Road in 2010.
The Police car was responding to an emergency call at the time of the incident and had both the lights and sirens switched on.
It was responding to a call that a boy had been shot in the leg in the Hackney area.
The accident victim was left in a coma for six weeks following the collision, and his injuries left him unable to speak, with limited movement and in need of round-the-clock care.
His claim, which will be made through his wife, states that the Police are liable for, “negligent acts and omissions of police officers serving in the Metropolitan Police Force.”
The cyclist now remains severely disabled according to the papers seen at the tribunal, and will never be able to return to work as a journalist or any other kind of employment.
A university friend of the former journalist said, “I think the police should take responsibility for this. I am surprised that they let it get this far. They should have just done the honourable thing before this and paid out.”
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