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Lorry driver sent to prison for twelve months after killing cyclist

  • 23 December 2013
  • By Chris Druce

A lorry driver has been sent to prison for a year after admitting causing the death of a cyclist on the A299 in Kent.

A jury at Canterbury Crown Court last week found Brian Walden not guilty of causing the man’s death on Thanet Way by dangerous driving.

However 40 year old Walden had earlier admitted causing death by careless driving.

The cyclist, 57 year old Stephen Van Hinsbergh from Ramsgate died at the scene of the crash near Herne Bay on 13 August 2012.

The court heard that Walden of Newbridge Avenue had made deliveries with his frozen food vehicle in Whitsable and Margate during the morning. He was on his way back to London when the collision happened in the Marshside area just before noon.

When interviewed Walden told the police that he first saw the cyclist when he was about 200 yards ahead of him. After checking his mirror, he moved out allowing what he believed to be enough room for the lorry to pass Hinsbergh safely.

But when he was overtaking the cycle Walden told investigators that he saw the wing mirror bend inwards and the glass then shattered. He stopped the lorry and ran back to check what had happened and found Hinsbergh, who was wearing a helmet, lying face down in the road.

Kent Police PC Glen Braidwood said: “This was clearly an error of judgement on the part of Mr Walden which had tragic consequences for Mr Van Hinsbergh and a devastating effect on his family.

“I hope the prison term will serve as a warning to all drivers using our Kent roads, particularly lorry drivers, that they must afford plenty of room to cyclists when they are overtaking.”

As well as 12 months imprisonment, Walden has been disqualified from driving for three years.

A new cycle safety standard for construction vehicles has been launched in a bid to bring together the many standards contractors on different London-based projects face.


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