OUTRAGED cyclist Ian Bates has told of the horrifying moment he narrowly avoided death when a hit-and-run driver mowed him down.
Careless Natasha Howes ploughed into the dad-of-three while he was riding his bike home, leaving him bloodied and bruised.
The smash happened on the roundabout between Hambledon Road and Milton Road, in Waterlooville.
A dramatic piece of footage, recorded on Mr Bates’s helmet camera, shows the 41-year-old IT worker being flung into the air after Howes rams into him on the roundabout before driving off.
Now Mr Bates, of Balmoral Drive, Purbrook, has told of his ordeal after Howes was rapped by a court for her crime.
He said: ‘I am lucky I wasn’t more seriously hurt. I bounced off the side of the car.
‘If I had hit the bonnet, that could have been it. Everything could have been much, much worse.’
He was left with cuts and grazes, minor neck pain and numbness in his leg after the crash.
Recounting the incident, Mr Bates – who is a qualified advanced motorist – said: ‘It was a lovely summer evening and I was doing a 12-mile ride.
‘I went to go round the roundabout and she didn’t see me, she never stopped.
‘I let out this yelp and was thrown into the air.
‘I thought she was going to pull into the bus stop but she drove off. I couldn’t believe it.’
Howes, of Durley Avenue, Waterlooville, pleaded guilty to driving in a public place without reasonable consideration to other users and failing to report an accident and failing to produce insurance.
She was fined £250, banned for six months and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
It is not the first time the 40-year-old has appeared in court.
She admitted driving without due care and attention and without insurance after hitting a motorcyclist off their bike in Park Lane, Waterlooville, in 2012.
On this occasion she was fined £450 and ordered to pay £50 costs. She was also given six penalty points on her driving licence.
Speaking to The News, Howes said knocking Mr Bates off his bike was ‘a horrible accident’.
She said: ‘I would just like to say that my husband and I drove back to the scene three times to see if there was anybody there and to help. There was nobody there, unfortunately, or else I would have exchanged details.
‘It was a horrible accident and I’m sorry.’
After his ordeal, Mr Bates said he is now worried to cycle – and won’t let his children ride on the roads.
He said: ‘You’ve got to think that everybody is out there to kill you. It’s sad.
‘I avoid city traffic as much as possible. Car drivers don’t give cyclists the time of day.’
Howes added: ‘I’ve got children myself. I obviously feel bad that he feels that way.’