Tony Hilson, Twyford, Berkshire, September 2012
Tony was killed whilst out on a Sunday morning ride on an open road with exceptionally good visibility. The driver who killed him when she drove into the back of him hadn’t seen him because she had been fiddling with her satnav. She effectively drove blind for almost 20 seconds whilst looking at her satnav, covering a distance of 500 metres.
The driver was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, she pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving but the CPS pursued a prosecution for the more serious charge.
The driver was given an 18 month custodial sentence and a two and a half year driving ban, of a possible 14 year custodial sentence and unlimited driving ban. The driver’s three previous convictions for speeding were discounted as speed was not a factor in Tony’s death.