Friday, 20 October 2017

Prison for woman who caused cyclist’s death

A WOMAN driver who knocked down and killed a cyclist while adjusting her sat-nav device has been jailed for

A WOMAN driver who knocked down and killed a cyclist while adjusting her sat-nav device has been jailed for 18 months.

Victoria McClure was travelling at between 40mph and 50mph when she hit Anthony Hilson on the A4 Bath Road at Twyford on September 16.

Mr Hilson, 46, a father-of-two, from Lower Earley, suffered head injuries and was declared dead at the scene.

McClure, 38, a podiatrist, of Chiltern Drive, Charvil, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving by a jury at Reading Crown Court following a trial in July. She has also been banned from driving for two years and will have to complete an extended driving test before she is allowed back on the road.

Sentencing her, Judge Nicholas Wood said no sentence could make up for the loss of Mr Hilson’s life.

He continued: “No sentence I pass will put an end to the grief or to your grief or remorse. You could and should have seen him. He lost his life, a wife lost a husband, the children lost a father. They will have to live with your actions for the rest of their lives, as will you.

“This case is a tragic loss of life and shows the potential dangers of looking at a sat-nav while driving, even at an average speed.”

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