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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.

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OldRidgeback [2590 posts] 6 years ago
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There are no winners in this tragic case.

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Mike McBeth [74 posts] 6 years ago
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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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dlp [51 posts] 6 years ago
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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.

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skippy [408 posts] 6 years ago
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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!

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Pierre [93 posts] 6 years ago
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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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