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Carl Lane, who died aged 75 from injuries sustained in crash, was president of Peebles Cycling Club

A motorist in Scotland has been convicted of causing the death by careless driving of the president of Peebles Cycling Club.

Carl Lane died in April last year, six months after he had sustained serious spinal injuries when Willam Stewart, aged 54, crashed into him with his Volvo XC90.

Stewart, from Innerleithen, had pleaded not guilty, saying he had not seen Mr Lane prior to the collision.

However ,Sheriff Valerie Johnson, sitting at Selkirk Sheriff Court, rejected his defence and fined him £650, reports the Border Telegraph. Five penalty points were also put on his driving licence.

Following his death last year, 200 members of Peebles Cycling Club took part in a ride in tribute to Mr Lane, a retired flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force.

The ride, undertaken at the suggestion of children belonging to the club, was at the Glentrees mountain bike centre in the Tweed Valley and included a new section of trail named Carl’s Lane in his honour.

Mr Lane had been riding at Glentrees on the day he sustained his fatal injuries.

In 2013, he was shortlisted for the Scottish Region in British Cycling's Local Cycling Hero competition.

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.