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Cyclist wins £61k

Cyclist wins £61k

A 63-year-old cyclist who was knocked off his bike by an Edinburgh Council minibus has been awarded £61,000 in damages, the Scotsman reports.

The incident occurred in the Oxgangs area of the city in 2004 when former caretaker George Johnston collided with a Renault bus being driven by council driver Daniel Toorish at a junction.

At the Court of Session, Scotland's supreme civil court, the judge, Lord McEwan, ruled in favour of Mr Johnston, who submitted medical evidence that his hip joint had been loosened by the impact and that the damage had got worse.

The court heard that the cyclist had been fit and active prior to the accident, cycling around 14 miles each day.

Commenting on the result, Mr Johnston stated: "I'd like to move on from it now. I had an accident and I got compensation for what happened. I don't want to cause any trouble for the driver."