Cyclist jailed 12 month for killing Droitwich woman - The Droitwich Standard

Cyclist jailed 12 month for killing Droitwich woman

Droitwich Editorial 26th Jun, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016   0

A CYCLIST who knocked over and killed a 73-year-old Droitwich woman has been jailed for 12 months.

Darryl Gittoes was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on Monday (June 22) after pleading guilty to causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving.

The charge related to an incident in Hereford City Centre on July 30 last year which resulted in the death of Mary Evans.

The court heard the 21-year-old had recovered a bike from a scrap metal lorry and had been warned a number of times about riding it along Commercial Street where there was a Traffic Regulation Order prohibiting cycling in the area between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Gittoes had also been stopped and warned the day before the incident about the prohibition.

The next day about 3pm Gittoes was riding his bike along Commercial Street when he collided with Mary Evans knocking her to the ground causing her to hit her head on the hard floor.

The emergency services were called to the scene and the victim was transferred to Hereford County Hospital where, ten days later on August 8, she passed away from the head injuries she had suffered.

The court heard the defendant’s bike was later examined and found to have had no brakes, a deflated back tyre, an aged and cracked front tyre and no bell.

Prosecuting Emily Lenham said Gittoes was fully aware his bike was not roadworthy and knew about the prohibition but still disregarded the previous warning from the police.

“This case clearly highlights the dangers of riding a cycle in a pedestrian area and the tragic consequences of Mr Gittoes’ actions should serve as a reminder to cyclists to take heed of prohibitions in place within such areas, which are necessary to preserve the safety of pedestrians.

“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mary Evans,” she added.

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