A cyclist, who suffered catastrophic brain injuries after being the victim of a hit and run accident, has been awarded four million pounds in accident injury compensation by the High Court in London.
Patrice Gougam (55) of Enfield, Middlesex was cycling on the Great North Road (A1000) in November 2009, when he was struck by a Land Rover driver by Michael Elliot (66) of Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. Mr Elliot drove away from the scene and, when he later gave himself up to police, stated that he had no knowledge of the accident.
Patrice, who before his accident was a professional tennis coach, was in a coma for three weeks and spent the next six months in hospital. In total, he remained in hospital for twenty-one months after the hit and run accident and still requires round-the-clock care.
The High Court was told that the hit and run driver was being medically treated for glaucoma and cataracts at the time of the accident and should not have even been driving on that fateful day in November 2009. He was subsequently charged with dangerous driving, for which he was jailed for eight months, and banned from driving for three years.
Revealing the four million pounds award of bike accident injury compensation against Michael Elliot and his insurers, the judge praised Patrice´s wife Virginia, who had managed to work part-time, care for Patrice and find a home with disabled access so that the couple could stay together.