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Topic - driver sentenced

pwo - on 16 Jan 2013
For those of you who may have been following the tragic death of Alan Mort (see archived forum post 'RIP Alan Mort'over six months ago) the driver who was responsible for his death was sentenced yesterday to 14 months in jail, banned from driving and has to retake an extended driving test. The judge in his statement stated :-

"The use of the public roads by cyclists was probably now more enthusiastic than ever before, the danger to cyclists had never been under greater scrutiny, they were vulnerable road users."

"Drivers have a high responsibility to be aware of cyclists on the road"

Alan was cycling in a straight line, close to the kerb and wearing all the recommended safety clothing. Two drivers behind the offender both testified that they observed Alan and altered their respective course as appropriate but that the offender took no avoiding action and ploughed straight into him. Alan died instantly.

I wont repeat the eulogy to Alan but he was a mean climber in his day and a seriously accomplished cyclist. I enjoyed our climbing together and it is pleasing that Alan has passed his climbing 'torch' onto his son Chris. He had an 'evil' sense of humour that would have me in stitches even in the most precarious of situations. On one occassion whilst I was incapacitated by the galloping wild 5hites and vomiting bug he managed to get me laughing uncontrollably whilst simultaneously 5hitting and vomiting, No mean feat. It looked liked someone had thrown a 5hit bomb at me and he wouldn't let in the tent!
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