December 8 2016
Maria Sutton, who claimed her car had been stolen from outside pub, was jailed for four years in June for killing Graham Ruecroft
Thames Valley Police’s Christmas anti-drink driving campaign includes a chilling audio recording of a driver who had hit a cyclist and left him for dead making a bogus 999 call to claim her car had been stolen from outside a pub.
Maria Sutton, aged 27, was sentenced to four years and one month in prison in June this year for causing the death through careless driving while over the prescribed limit of cyclist Graham Ruecroft, 54, and for failing to stop at the scene and perverting the course of justice.
Thames Valley Police’s campaign also includes audio of a motorist speaking to a police operator after he discovered Mr Ruecroft lying in the road at Cholsey, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, after Sutton had hit him.
Sutton, who had spent the afternoon drinking in a pub, eventually admitted all of the charges laid against her – but not before she had launched a petition on the website Change.org calling for it to be compulsory for cyclists to have to wear helmets.
The petition, in which she said “I have been involved in an accident with a cyclist and he unfortunately died,” adding that “He wasn’t wearing a helmet or reflective clothing and had flashing lights,” was taken down, apparently after Change.org were made aware of the circumstances of the case.