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Woman charged with killing teenage cyclist while over drink drive limit

Also failed to stop at the scene or inform the police of the collision

A woman has been charged with killing a teenage cyclist while under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of the collision and failing to inform police of what happened.

The unnamed 67-year-old woman from Knedlington, near Howden in Yorkshire, will appear before Beverley Magistrates Court later this month.

Sam Brown, 15, and his friend Luke Wheel, were cycling home from a friend's house at 8.50pm on September 6 last year when they were hit by the woman on the B1230.

Sam later died in hospital, and Luke suffered broken bones.

The woman has been charged with causing death by careless driving while over the limit for alcohol, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to report a collision.

Although Sam's family and friends campaigned for improvements to the cycling provision along the stretch of road where he was killed, nothing has yet been done to improve it.

East Riding Council organised a group, the B1230 Howden to North Cave Corridor Safety Strategy, to examine what improvements could be made.

At Sam's funeral, school headteacher Garry Garghan said his smile "lit up the school", This Is Hull reported.

He said: "Like everyone who knew Sam, we are all pretty much in shock that we are not going to see him around school wearing that cheesy grin that was pretty much always on his face.

"Sam loved school. He didn't always like lessons, but he loved school.

"He was always talking to his friends, staff and other students with that big grin on his face.

"He lit up the place with his winning smile and wicked sense of humour.

"He possessed that rare gift of genuine charm. He was a happy-go-lucky, friendly person, an honest, nice lad.

"He could also be a modest, shy person, and didn't talk much about the things he was good at."

 

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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