BBC Radio 4 Today Programme)
Christopher Gard convinced a judge to let him keep his licence 6 weeks before driving at 65mph while texting and killing cyclist Lee Martin.
The driver had 8 previous convictions.
Nine years in jail for texting driver who killed cyclist
Alex Bowden September 6 2016
Had eight previous convictions for using his phone at the wheel
A motorist who was reading a text message when he ploughed into a cyclist on the A31 near Bentley has been jailed for nine years. Christopher Gard had eight previous convictions for using his phone at the wheel when he hit Lee Martin on August 12, 2015.
Martin, 48, was hit by Gard’s white Ford Transit van at around 7.30pm while riding along the A31 in a time trial for the North Hampshire Road Club. The incident took place near the junction with Station Road in Bentley. He was airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but later died of his injuries.
The Basingstoke Gazette reports that the collision took place just six weeks after Gard had convinced magistrates to let him keep his driving licence.