A motorist has been sentenced to 20 months’ custody in a young offenders’ institution after pleading guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of a cyclist on a busy country road in Lancashire.
Christine Favager, aged 69, was killed instantly when she was struck by a car being driven by 20-year-old Ryan Martin in Scarisbrick, between Southport and Ormskirk, in July last year, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Martin, aged 19 at the time of the fatal collision, had lost control of his vehicle on a bend as he tried to avoid colliding with a vehicle he was travelling behind, hitting Mrs Favager, who was cycling in the opposite direction, head-on.
Robert Golinski, prosecuting, told the court: “Mrs Favager was unable to avoid the vehicle. She was knocked backwards into a field where she died of multiple injuries.”
Mrs Favager’s husband Eric and son, Andrew Horton, said that she was “a bright and beautiful sprit who changed lives in many different ways.”
Andrew Scott, defending Martin, said that his client wished to apologies to the victims friends and family, saying, “What he saw, what he did and what the consequences are he will have on his conscience for the rest of his life.”
However, Judge Mark Brown, who also banned Martin from driving for three years, said that he had shown “little remorse” and that he should have exercised more care when driving near a cyclist.
He added: “She was a very enthusiastic person who had years of life ahead of her and her family would have expected that she would have continued to live a full life. “But as a result of your careless driving you have taken that away from her and her family.”
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.