A cyclist who was knocked off his bicycle by a hit-and-run driver has been awarded £4 million in compensation.
Patrice Gougam, a professional tennis coach, was cycling along the A100 in London in November 2009 when he was struck by a Land Rover. The driver failed to stop at the scene of the accident but was later identified.
Mr Gougam, now 55, suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for three weeks after the accident. He was in hospital for over six months before being transferred for further treatment at two specialist rehabilitation units. He now relies on a wheelchair for mobility and requires around-the-clock care from two carers.
The driver of the Land Rover claimed not to have seen Mr Gougam. He admitted dangerous driving and was jailed for eight months.
The High Court awarded Mr Gougam damages of £4 million. The settlement has been structured to cover the cost of specially adapted accommodation as well as to pay for his future care and rehabilitation needs.
The judge praised Mr Gougam’s wife for the ‘extraordinary care, love and support’ she had shown for her husband and her ‘determination to do everything she could for his care and rehabilitation’.