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Driver, 24, accused of cyclist hit-and-run faces court

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Accused driver: Talia Jade Van-Rysewyk outside Wollongong Police Station.

Accused driver: Talia Jade Van-Rysewyk outside Wollongong Police Station. Photo: Kirk Gilmour

A woman accused of a hit-and-run at Helensburgh that left a cyclist in hospital with a broken back has appeared in Wollongong Local Court.

Police allege Talia Jade Van-Rysewyk, 24, failed to stop after hitting Brendan Braid as he cycled along the Old Princes Highway about 6.20am on January 5.

Mr Braid, a 58-year-old accountant from the Sutherland area, was flung from his bike and landed by the side of the road.

Brendan Braid was left beside the road with a broken back.

Brendan Braid was left beside the road with a broken back. Photo: Supplied

He suffered two fractured vertebrae, a broken femur, a cracked pelvis and fractured ankle as a result of the accident.

A group of cyclists found Mr Braid lying by the road several minutes after the collision and phoned emergency services.

Yesterday, Van-Rysewyk appeared before court charged with negligent driving occasioning actual bodily harm and failing to stop and assist after a car accident.

The Engadine woman, who is yet to enter a plea, requested an adjournment to seek advice from Legal Aid.

"I [also] have some medical issues that I have to resolve," she told registrar Nicole Hoffman.

Her bail was continued and the matter was adjourned to March 4.

Illawarra Mercury

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