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A MOTORIST went through a red light, hit a cyclist and then drove off.

Padwell Hwata left Laura Brander in the road with minor injuries and damaged bike after the crash in Eastern Road, at the junction of Burrfields Road, Portsmouth.

The 32-year-old was arrested after police returned to the scene days later at the same time of the collision and saw a blue Ford Ka which matched the description of the vehicle involved.

They pulled Hwata over and he admitted it was him.

The father-of-one said he stopped a bit further down the road but saw that she was up and waving at him and so he drove off, thinking she was ok.

Hwata, of Athena Avenue, Waterlooville, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Sentencing him, District Judge Anne Arnold fined him £500 with £100 in costs.

He had nine penalty points added to his driving licence.

District Judge Arnold said: ‘You made a fundamental error in this case, crossing a traffic light and striking a cyclist.’