Man in court over Paralympian Simon Richardson's crash

Simon Richardson
Image caption Simon Richardson won two golds and one silver medal at Beijing in 2008

A 60-year-old man has appeared in court on dangerous driving and drink-driving charges after a Paralympian cyclist was seriously injured.

Simon Richardson, 44, was riding along the A48 near Bridgend when he was apparently struck by a van.

Edward Adams, of Cross Farm, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, is charged with dangerous driving, drink-driving and failing to stop after an accident.

The case was adjourned until January at Barry Magistrates' Court.

Mr Adams was released on conditional bail until the next hearing.

Mr Richardson, from Porthcawl, was released from hospital in September but faces up to three years recovery.

He was taken by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where he was treated for multiple injuries on 17 August.

He will miss the London 2012 games but has vowed to return to cycling.

He received the MBE after winning two golds and one silver medal at Beijing in 2008.