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Sydney driver charged over crash

Ben Kersten has suffered damage to his left elbow

Ben Kersten has suffered damage to his left elbow (Image credit: Greg Johnson)

A man has been charged over last Thursday's mass cyclist crash in Sydney which involved a bunch of 50 cyclists, including some past and present Olympic Games riders. A 34 year-old Claymore man has been charged with failing to stop after the cyclist piled up on Southern Cross Drive last Thursday morning, according to Australian news site Live News.

The group of bike riders, which included Olympic hopeful Ben Kersten, claim the driver of the Ford Falcon sped past them before jamming on his brakes, resulting in them crashing into the back of the vehicle. No one was seriously injured; however the manoeuvre did cause a semi trailer travelling behind the pack to jack-knife, before skidding to a stop just metres from the cyclists.

Initially the police were unable to locate the man and it was reported that he had gone missing. However the man has since been found and summonsed to appear in Waverley court next month.

The driver allegedly failed to give particulars at the scene before fleeing. His car has already been examined in relation to the incident, investigations are continuing.

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