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Cyclist who broke pensioner's hip after knocking her down is spared jail because he showed ‘exemplary character’

Jesus Medina had shown ‘exemplary character’ and ‘genuine remorse’ - when others would simply have rode away, a judge said. Photo: Manchester Evening News.

A cyclist who ploughed into a pensioner on the pavement with such force he broke her hip has been spared jail for the Victorian offence of ‘wanton and furious driving.’

Jesus Medina left Marlene Crossley, 71, with a broken hip after knocking her down outside a convenience store on Chapel Street, Salford.

But she pleaded with a judge to show him mercy at his sentencing after he went out of his way to help her in the aftermath.

Medina regularly texted her to see how she was, checked on her husband, offered to help around the house, and saved up to £500 to compensate her.

He was prosecuted under a Victorian law dating back to the 1860s - still used to prosecute cyclists and horse-drawn carriage drivers - and could have been locked up.

But a sentencing judge concluded he had shown ‘exemplary character’ and ‘genuine remorse’ - when others would simply have rode away.