Driver jailed for killing cyclist between Wellingborough and Finedon

A woman has been jailed for five months for causing the death of a cyclist by crashing her car into him between Wellingborough and Finedon

A woman has been jailed for five months for causing the death of a cyclist by crashing her car into him between Wellingborough and Finedon

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A woman has been jailed for five months for causing the death of a cyclist by crashing her car into him between Wellingborough and Finedon.

Angela Willshire, 32, of Thatchwell Court, Standens Barn, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to a charge of causing death by careless driving.

The court heard Anthony Ashcroft, 76, from north Wales, was cycling along the A510 between Wellingborough and Finedon at 11pm on Friday, March 13, when he was hit by a green Citroen Saxo, being driven by Willshere, close to Sidegate Lane.

Mr Ashcroft, who had been wearing a high-visibility jacket and had lights on his bike, died in hospital the following day as a result of his injuries.

The court heard a collision investigator estimated Mr Ashcroft would have been visible to Willshere for at least five seconds before the collision.

The court heard Willshere was also uninsured at the time of the crash as her licence had been revoked by the DVLA.

But the defendant was unaware of the issue with her licence.

Stephen Evans, mitigating, said his client “did not know what had happened” but accepted she “ought to have seen the cyclist”.

Judge Rupert Mayo, sentencing Willshire on Tuesday, November 24, said there was no sentence he could pass that would compensate for the suffering and grief of Mr Ashcroft’s family.

He said: “Mr Ashcroft’s body and cycle were lit up and you should have been able to see him with the headlights of your car.

“A collision investigator has estimated you had five-and-a-half seconds to see him. I don’t know why you didn’t.”

Willshere was jailed for five months and disqualified from driving for two years.

She is likely to serve half of her prison term before being released on licence.