Taxi driver jailed after hitting cyclist on the A228 near East Peckham and trying to hide phone evidence – kent online
A devious taxi driver shattered the dreams of a dedicated cyclist after ploughing into his bike at 60pmh, then tried to delete evidence he had been on his phone at the time.
Victim Ian Isted had planned to celebrate his 50th birthday by taking part in the Ironman triathlon contest but was left severely injured when he was flung off his bike.
On January 6, 2019, cabbie Kashrap Patel, from Tunbridge Wells, was using two mobile phones shortly before ploughing into the back of Mr Isted’s bike, Maidstone Crown Court heard.
Defence barrister Ian Dear said Patel’s “mindless stupidity” had caused the life-changing injuries which had ruined the victim’s plans to compete in the Ironman challenge.