Driver jailed for killing cyclist
photo A major serving in Germany left a widow and two young children after being run over by a car
A car driver has been jailed for 21 months after driving into a cyclist at 70mph on the A1 in Cambridgeshire.
19-year-old Katie Hart said she did not see Major Gareth Rhys-Evans until the crash, saying "he came out of nowhere".
Hart, who was said to feel "genuine remorse" over the fatal collision in May 2009, admitted causing death by careless driving at an earlier hearing, but was found guilty of the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
The judge said a custodial sentence was mandatory, and also banned Hart from driving for two years.
The cyclist, originally from west Wales, was based in Germany and had flown back to Britain to compete in the 25-mile time trial for the Icknield Road Club.
Cambridgeshire police said the case should "send a message to drivers across the country" to pay attention when they are behind the wheel.
The law of physics dictate that cyclists don't just 'appear from nowhere'. It would be good to think cyclists are a bit safer on the roads after this decision.
I would like to see a North American style Motor Vechicular Homicide law. Far too many drivers take risky actions when on the road (I've recently seen individuals reading magazines and texting while driving). A 21 month sentence (which will be reduced to around 6 months served) will not bring back a father/husband/loved one, nor will it serve as a deterrent to poor driving choices.