Danger cyclist guilty of hitting girl, 3, on path

A cyclist has been brought to justice after riding his bike on the pavement straight into the path of a three-year-old girl in a horrific hit and run attack caught on shocking CCTV footage.

Lucie Wilding was left badly cut and bruised after Andrew Holland, 24, ploughed into the tot as she stepped out of her front gate, dragging her 12ft.

Lauren Howarth with her daughter Lucy of Blackpool

Lauren Howarth with her daughter Lucy of Blackpool

Holland, of Campbell Avenue, North Shore, left the scene following the incident, but was caught after Lucie’s mother Lauren Howarth posted an image of him, taken at the scene in Layton, on social media.

In dramatic CCTV footage played to Lancaster Magistrates Court, Holland, wearing a bright orange jacket, is seen hurtling down the pavement on Collingwood Avenue, Layton, moments before colliding with Lucie, sending the youngster flying.

Lucie’s dad Matt is seen leaping over the garden wall before picking up the youngster and carrying her into the family car.

Explaining the footage, Mike Wallbank, prosecuting, said: “At about 3.10pm on May 18 you saw Lauren Howarth come out of the house where she lived and it was her intention to check everything was clear for her partner to go out to the car.

This is clearly a terrifying incident for the parents and the child and no wonder the child is suffering psychological harm as a result.

“You then see Lucie step out onto the pavement where she is hit and dragged along.

“You then see the mother’s partner jump over the wall. He collects her and takes her straight to the car.

“Her face was covered in blood and she was taken straight to A&E.”

In a victim impact statement read to the court Ms Howarth said: “Since this incident my daughter suffers from anxiety, especially when leaving the house.

Andrew Holland

Andrew Holland

“She refuses to walk to the car and has to be carried.

“Every time she sees a bike now she runs to me and wants ‘up’.

“She used to have nightmares about it and would wake up screaming.

“The incident has knocked her confidence.

“She used to do ballet every Saturday but now it is a struggle to get her up to do it.”

Ms Howarth added Lucie had been covered in “scrapes, bumps and bruises over her face and head”.

Paul Robinson, for Holland, who previously denied cycling dangerously, said: “This is clearly a terrifying incident for the parents and the child and no wonder the child is suffering psychological harm as a result.

“As a parent of four children I would be horrified if this happened to my child.

“It is heart-stopping to see that CCTV footage and it is a great relief to us all that this young girl was not seriously hurt.”

Deputy District Judge Pam Baldwin told Holland: “You have admitted you rode a bicycle in a manner that falls below that of a competent cyclist.

“You were riding on a pavement in a residential area and the footage shows the road condition was of no danger to you.

“There was no indication that you slowed the vehicle or took evasive action.

“It was very lucky indeed the child avoided very serious injury.”

Subway sandwich shop team leader Holland pleaded guilty to riding a bicycle dangerously and was ordered to pay a total of £829 in fines and costs.

Speaking after the hearing, mum Lauren Howarth said: “We are happy he has been found guilty and it is just a shame it has got this far.

“It is a lesson to cyclists that you shouldn’t be on the pavement.

“We are happy it is over and done with and can now focus on Lucie.”