Nov 15 2012 by Rob Pattinson, Ormskirk Advertiser
A WOMAN from West Lancashire who allegedly knocked champion cyclist Bradley Wiggins off his bike with a van has been reported for summons by police.
Four-time Olympic champion Wiggins had been out cycling in Parbold and Wrightington when he was involved in a collision on Crow Orchard Road, Wrightington, at 6pm last Wednesday.
The 32-year-old athlete spent a night in hospital in Preston following the incident, which happened when a white Vauxhall Astra Envoy drove out of a garage forecourt.
It was reported that Wiggins had been riding a mountain bike to meet a group of local cyclists near to his home in Eccleston.
Team Sky confirmed Wiggins suffered bruising, a fractured rib, a bruised lung and a dislocated finger. A woman has been reported for summons by police over the incident.
In a statement, a Lancashire police spokesman said: “Following a voluntary attendance for interview with Lancashire Police, a 44-year-old woman from West Lancashire has been reported for summons for driving without due care and attention. However an investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is still under way.”
Earlier this week Wiggins told of how he was looking forward to “getting back on the bike” as he continued to recover from injuries sustained in the road traffic accident.
He said on www.teamsky.com: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and messages over the last 48 hours, and of course all the staff at the Royal Preston Hospital who looked after me so well. Although I’m still a little bit sore I will now be spending time at home with my family and concentrating on making a full recovery. I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike soon and continuing my preparations for the 2013 season.”
Wiggins is known to cycle around the West Lancashire area as part of his training. He became the Tour de France’s first British winner in July before winning Olympic time-trial gold at Hampton Court on August 1.