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Three years in jail for drunk driver who killed teen cyclist in Oxfordshire

Motorist had also taken cocaine before getting behind wheel of borrowed Range Rover

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."

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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