A taxi driver has been jailed for nine months at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting causing the death of a cyclist by careless driving. Ian Wilson accelerated when he saw a set of traffic lights change to amber and hit 20-year-old Daniel Rushton after passing through on red.
The collision took place on the Great North Road at around 9.30pm on January 27. Rushton had been returning to the Hazlerigg home he shared with his girlfriend.
Metro reports that while he didn’t have his LED lights on, the incident took place on a well-lit stretch of road. Despite this, Wilson, who had worked as a taxi driver for eight years, said he didn’t see him.
Rushton was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary but died from his injuries.
Wilson said he thought the light had been on amber when he went through it and told police afterwards: ‘I’m very, very sorry. I can’t imagine what they are going through.’
As well as being jailed for nine months, Wilson will be banned from driving for 18 months after his release.
In a statement, Rushton’s mother, Lisa, said: “He has been taken from us by someone who ignored a red light and I can’t forgive him for what he has done to me and our family. It would never have happened if the taxi had been driven safely.”