Driver who killed A1 time trial cyclist she "didn't see" gets 21 months jail

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

by Simon_MacMichael   February 23, 2010  

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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.
 

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There are no winners in this tragic case.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2172 posts]
23rd February 2010 - 9:49

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I'd say that (as usual) the motorist got off lightly. Why don't they ban careless drivers for life? In some respects that would be better for all road users than a prison sentence.

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posted by Mike McBeth [73 posts]
23rd February 2010 - 12:02

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I agree with Mike, it seems as though the motorist has escaped with a lenient punishment given the fact that she DID take a life.

In my opinion the minimum which should be dished out is a substantial jail term (ie one that cannot be described in weeks or months) and a ban on driving any motorised vehicle for the rest of their life.

posted by dlp [51 posts]
23rd February 2010 - 13:42

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Some years ago there was a young german girl driving through a group of Aussie Cyclists, she killed Amy and hospitalised the other 5 racers, slap on the wrist time!Follow this link http://tinyurl.com/ydkyfq9 !
The German girl was fined and temporarily inconvenienced by not being allowed to use her car for a few months, sadly the stricter German Authorities thought she had learned her lesson.
Jail time is the only deterrent to "careless or more serious bad driving"! we see DUI treated as a Jailable offence and then only for being a "random stop" so why is killing a cyclist treated with less leniency than "Shop Lifting " as an example. Read my link and send your comments!

Skippy(advocate for "Disabled / Para Sport")@skippydetour. blogging as skippi-cyclist.blogspot & Parrabuddy.blogspot currently on the road with ProTour Grand Tour Events .

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posted by skippy [383 posts]
23rd February 2010 - 20:08

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As my Road Safety Officer dad used to say, the best way to get away with killing someone is to use a car...

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posted by Pierre [79 posts]
23rd February 2010 - 20:29

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