Sentence follows death of army major taking part in time trial last May

A 19-year-old driver who killed a cyclist as he took part in a time trial has received a 21-month prison sentence for causing death by dangerous driving.

The victim, army officer Major Gareth Rhys Evans, had been taking part in the race, organised by Ichield Road Cycling Club, when he was hit from behind by Katie Hart’s Ford Ka on the A1 near St Neots, Cambridgeshire, in May last year.

As reported last month on road.cc, Hart, who denied the charge, told police after the collision that she had not seen Major Evans, and that the cyclist “came out of nowhere.”

At her trial last month, however, Peterborough Crown Court heard that she had narrowly missed hitting another cyclist shortly before the fatal crash, while a motorist described how she had taken no evasive action to avoid hitting the victim.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.