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Drivers who “used road like a race track” at speeds up to 100mph jailed after cyclist left with broken neck

Police officer says pair “were driving so fast they are lucky to have not killed someone”

Two drivers whom a police officer described as using a road “like a racetrack” when one of them crashed into a cyclist who was out on a ride with his family, leaving him with a broken neck, have been jailed for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Thomas Lycett, aged 21 and from Totton, near Southampton, and Jacob Reginald Titt, aged 23 and from Ringwood, close to the New Forest, had been driving at speeds of up to 100mph on a 40mph road just prior to the crash, according to Hampshire Police.

Coming round a bend on the A36 Salisbury Road in Totton, Titt crashed into 45-year-old Thomas Watt, who was on a bike ride with his wife and two young daughters, with the cyclist thrown 43 metres by the force of the impact.

The crash, which happened at 2pm on Sunday 11 October 2020, left Mr Watt with what police described as “life-changing injuries,” including two fractured vertebrae in his neck, plus fractures to his right ankle, right ribs and right shoulder blade.

Appearing at Southampton Crown Court yesterday, both Titt and Lycett pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Titt was handed an 18 month prison sentence and banned from driving for three years and nine months, while Lycett was jailed for 14 months and disqualified from driving for three years and seven months.

After the pair were sentenced, Detective Constable Mark Furse, of Hampshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “Titt and Lycett were driving so fast they are lucky to have not killed someone. It was a matter of pure luck that neither of the children were struck by either car as well.

“Mr Watt will now have to live with the injuries they caused by their reckless and selfish actions.

“Speed limits are there for a reason and to exceed them by this much - more than double in some parts of the roads they were driving on – caused a huge risk to themselves and other innocent road users.

“This case highlights the dangers posed by inexperienced drivers who decide to use the roads like a racetrack and drive way beyond their capabilities. The rules of the road are there for a reason and apply to all drivers.

“Please think of other more vulnerable road users before making the decision to drive in such a dangerous and selfish manner,” he added.

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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