English Premiership

Saints striker Austin investigated after crashing into cyclist

2017-02-08 08:10
Charlie Austin(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Southampton striker Charlie Austin has been under police investigation after a crash that left a cyclist critically injured.

The 27-year-old front-man reportedly bumped into a man riding a bicycle as he pulled away from a set of traffic lights.

The cyclist was taken from the scene of the crash in Southampton city centre to hospital in an ambulance following the incident in October.
Austin has made regular check-ups on the man during his recovery.

Police have investigated the incident and reportedly took a statement from the player earlier this month.

The £4 million striker was not arrested though road traffic accident investigations can take months before a driver is summoned to court.

The accident was “extremely regrettable” said Austin, who added that he has “co-operated fully with the police” during their investigation into the accident.

Austin described the series of events in a statement to the Sun newspaper: “In late October 2016, I was driving in the city centre of Southampton and had stopped at traffic lights at a junction.

“I moved forward when the lights turned green and it was at that point that a cyclist unexpectedly came across my path and a collision occurred.

“Following a police investigation of the accident, I provided a statement to the Hampshire Constabulary in early 2017 to give them my version of events.”

It’s not the first time Austin has been involved with the police. In 2013 he was found guilty of assault following an incident in a nightclub.


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