Mon, 02 Apr 2012
Motorist spared prison after he admits error in crash that killed cyclist
A DRIVER, who caused a crash that killed a record-breaking cyclist, has been spared jail by a judge.
Andrew Mylrea was instead given a community order and a 12-month driving ban.
Mylrea, a chief design engineer at Rolls-Royce, Derby, was at the wheel of a BMW that hit 72-year-old Pat Kenny, who was cycling along the A38 near Burton.
Mr Kenny, who in 1980 broke the Land's End to John O'Groats cycling record, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. A jury ruled that Mr Kenny's death was caused by Mylrea's careless driving.
Judge Simon Tonking told the defendant at Stafford Crown Court yesterday: "This is not a case for a custodial sentence. I don't think a custodial sentence would do anyone any good. I accept you are normally a careful and considerate driver. This was a complete aberration. Your carelessness was failing to see Mr Kenny and his bicycle."
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