Causing death by dangerous driving
A driver who told police he thought he had hit a wheelie bin when he killed a cyclist has been sentenced to seven years in jail for causing death by dangerous driving.
Michael Rollason initially denied causing the death of Terry Brown, 47, on February 18 last year, but on the first day of the trial entered a guilty plea to the charge of causing death by careless driving.
During the trial the prosecution argued that should be found guilty of the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
A driver accused of hitting and killing a cyclist near Warrington told police and his insurance company that he thought he had hit a wheelie bin reports The Warrington Guardian. The victim, 47-year-old father-of-three Terry Brown, died as result of serious head injuries with his bike found spilt in two in a nearby hedge.
A Gloucester man has been jailed for 11 years after entering a last-minute guilty plea at Bristol Crown Court today to a range of offences mainly related to the hit-and-run killing last September of cyclist Alan Knight.
In the wake of another apparently light charge for a driver who killed a cyclist, cycling advocacy charity CTC says that the law needs to take dangerous driving more seriously and has called for corporate manslaughter charges to be brought against the employers of professional drivers who kill.
A truck driver charged with causing death by dangerous driving for running over cyclist Stewart Gandy on November 12, 2013 has been found not guilty.
Paul Byrne had already entered a guilty plea on the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving after he hit Mr Gandy on the A530 near Nantwich, reports the Crewe Chronicle's Leanne Palin.
Prime Minister David Cameron says changes to the sentencing of drivers guilty of causing death by dangerous driving should be considered. After meeting the families of tandem riders Ross and Clare Simons and those of John Morland and Kris Jarvis, the PM has written to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling recommending and "in depth" look at aspects of sentencing in similar cases.
The fiancee of one of two cyclists killed by a drunk driver in Reading last year has renewed her appeal for drivers found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving to serve consecutive sentences for each death.
Tracey Fidler, the partner of Kris Jarvis, one of the cyclists killed, says a petition to examine a change in the law "needs 100,000 signatures to get to the Houses of Parliament and stand a hope of getting the law changed to make the road safer for everyone". The petition closes on March 30 and currently has almost 59,000 signatures.
A man has been charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of Huddersfield CTC chairman John Radford.
Michael Gledhill, 23, from Holmfirth appeared before Kirklees Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, according to .
John Radford suffered severe brain damage when he was allegedly hit by a car on his way home from a bike ride on July 31 2013.
After he died on November 5 2014, the post mortem indicated his death was connected with the incident.
A driver has been sentenced to eight and a half years in jail and banned for ten years for killing a cyclist in Wolverhampton last year and failing to stop.
Rider George Searle, 74, was riding on the A449 Stafford Road, Wolverhampton when he was hit by Kile Straker, 24 who was driving ablack Seat Leon.
Gareth Johnson, the Conservative MP for Dartford, has called for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to more frequently consider charging with manslaughter rather than death by dangerous driving. He argues that this would allow life sentences to be handed out, rather than a maximum of 14 years.
The comments were made during a House of Commons adjournment debate on sentencing for dangerous driving offences.