An Oxfordshire man has been jailed for three years for killing a teenage cyclist while under the influence of alcohol. Jonathan Ashworth, aged 55, who as well as drinking had taken cocaine prior to the fatal incident, was also been banned from driving for five years, reports the BBC.
Ashworth, from Shipton-on-Cherwell, was driving a Range Rover he had borrowed from a neighbour when he struck and killed 18-year-old Tom Kahl on the A4260 close to Thrupp in July last year.
In September this year, he was unanimously convicted by a jury at Oxford Crown Court of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol, a charge he had denied. He had pleaded guilty to causing death by driving while uninsured and causing death by driving while unlicensed.
Investigating officer Sergeant Pete Jell of Thames Valley Police said: "I hope people take note of this case and in the run-up to Christmas they remember Tom if they consider having a drink before driving.
"Tom's family will never be the same again. They have been left devastated by what happened to their son."
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.