Cyclist’s death caused by man’s ‘careless’ driving

Nottingham Crown COurt.
Nottingham Crown COurt.
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A motorist has admitted causing the death of a cyclist taking part in an event organised by Gainsborough’s Trent Valley Road Club by driving carelessly.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court, Nigel Drake, 43, admitted causing the death of 43-year-old Mirfield cyclist Andrew Ridsdale on the A1 at Blyth on 18th March last year.

Mr Ridsdale was one of 44 people taking part in an open 10-mile time trial along the dual carriageway.

Drake was driving a HGV which hit Mr Ridsdale at 8.55am in the morning on the A1 southbound, near the end of the A634 Spital Road. He died at the scene and the cycle event was then abandoned immediately.

He was a member of the Epsom Cycling Club.

The court was told Drake was a man of previous good character and references were put before the crown court.

Judge Michael Stokes bailed Drake, of Low Street, Carlton, Goole, until sentencing on 8th April.

The judge told him he was a ‘perfectly decent human being’ and said what had happened was a tragedy.

He disqualified Drake from driving with immediate effect.

Mr Ridsdale was one of several cyclists to tragically die on the same stretch of road between March and April of last year.