Man charged over Paralympian cyclist Simon Richardson's crash

Simon Richardson
Image caption Simon Richardson won two golds and one silver medal at Beijing in 2008

A Vale of Glamorgan man has been charged in connection with a crash which seriously injured Paralympic gold medal winning cyclist Simon Richardson.

Police say a 60-year-old man from the Cowbridge area has been charged with dangerous driving, drink-driving and failing to stop after an accident.

He will appear before magistrates in Barry on 7 December.

Mr Richardson, 44, was cycling along the A48 near Bridgend on 17 August when he was apparently struck by a van.

He was taken by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where he was treated for multiple injuries.

The Paralympian cyclist, from Porthcawl, was released from hospital in September but faces up to three years recovery.

He will miss the London 2012 games but has vowed to return to cycling.

He was honoured with the MBE after winning two golds and one silver medal at Beijing in 2008.

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