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Custodial sentence for 20-year-old motorist who killed cyclist on Lancashire road

Judge says driver showed "little remorse" after losing control of vehicle which hit woman riding in opposite direction...

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.”


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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