Cyclist suffered fractures to spine, wrists and leg after being hit by van driver who said he didn't see him due to being blinded by the sun

A cyclist was left with a fractured spine, fractures to both wrists and a fractured leg after being hit by a van driver who said he didn’t see him due to being ‘blinded by the sun’.

Robert Anderson was cycling from work to meet up with his cycling club on March 9 at 5.40pm on the Kinglassie road in Glenrothes, Scotland, when he was hit from behind by a van driven by Alistair West.

West said that he had not seen Anderson – who had lights on his bike – as he was blinded by the setting sun, reports Fife Today.

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The 44-year-old from Glenrothes appeared in court charged with dangerous driving, but pleaded guilty to careless driving. He was fined £1000 and received six penalty points on his driving licence.

West told Dunfermline Sheriff’s Court that he realised he had hit something, but did not know what.

“I didn’t know what I’d collided with until I got out and ran back. I saw the cyclist lying on the grass verge and there were already a couple of motorists who had stopped and gone over to him.”