Cyclist sues driver for $1 million

A ROCKHAMPTON cyclist who was severely injured in a collision with a car at Glenlee is suing the vehicle's driver for more than $1million.

Francis Alan Nordheim, 55, suffered extensive injuries to his head and body in the collision.

These included broken ribs, a crushed spine and a left-sided subdural haematoma to the head.

He spent a prolonged period in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, where his spinal injuries were treated with the insertion of fixed rods.

Earlier this month Mr Nordheim lodged a claim for damages with the Supreme Court at Rockhampton against Michelle Jean Richardson, the driver of the Hyundai Excel which hit him on Emmerson Drive, Glenlee, about 5.45am on September 9, 2008.

“The collision was occasioned by the negligence of the first defendant,” the claim says.

It said the driver failed to keep a proper lookout, drove at a speed excessive in the circumstances and without due care and attention.

The claim says Mr Nordheim suffered a brain injury causing the loss of memory and concentration.

The claim includes nearly $500,000 for future economic loss, $220,000 for future care and more than $100,000 for the pain Mr Nordheim has suffered.

The Morning Bulletin was unsuccessful in efforts to contact the driver.



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