Man charged over Simon Richardson crash

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

South Wales Police said a 60-year-old man from Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales, was charged with dangerous driving, drink-driving and failing to stop after an accident.

He will appear before magistrates in Barry on 7 December.

Richardson, 44, was cycling along the A48 near Bridgend in August when he was involved in a collision with a van. He was later taken by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales, 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 of recovery. He will miss the London 2012 games, but has since vowed to return to cycling. Richardson was honoured with the MBE after winning two golds and one silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic games.

A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: "A 60-year-old man from the Cowbridge area has been charged with driving offences following a road traffic collision on Wednesday August 17 on the A48 between Bridgend and Cowbridge."