A Bridlington lorry driver who “failed to see” a cyclist and crashed into the back of him has been jailed for six months for causing his death by careless driving.
The Hull Daily Mail reports that Kieron Taylor was driving his 7.5 tonne lorry towards Cottam Crossroads just north of Driffield when he hit Ian Milner from behind. His speed was 3mph over the limit for large vehicles on the road.
Taylor pleaded guilty to the charge during an appearance at Beverley Magistrates Court in August last year.
The court heard that he had failed to spot the cyclist “until it was too late” as his attention was on a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.
During that hearing, prosecutor Collette Dixon said: “As a result of the defendant’s driving, the lorry collided with the rear of Mr Milner’s bicycle. Mr Milner was thrown from his bicycle and he died as a result of that collision.
“It is the Crown’s case that the defendant, Mr Taylor, was exceeding the speed limit for a significant period of time prior to the incident.
“He failed to take any steps to deal with the potential hazard which was on the straight section of road ahead of him, which was the pedal cyclist.”
A collision investigation report by Humberside Police concluded Milner would have been in Taylor’s eye line for around 13 seconds before the collision.
It also stated that he had been cycling in the “correct position” on the road and would have been clearly visible in a bright turquoise top and helmet.
Mitigating, Andrew Barton, said: “The circumstances as outlined are not in dispute. He was proceeding along the road and he has failed to see the pedal cyclist.
“We’re not talking about a significant amount of speeding. The real failure was Mr Taylor’s failure to observe the road ahead.”