Driver’s lapse caused death

A FATHER-of-three made a “momentary misjudgment” in causing a collision which led to the death of a cyclist in Long Sutton, a court has heard.

Shaun Savage (40), of Barholm Avenue, Lutton, was given a six-month curfew and disqualified from driving for two years by Spalding magistrates on Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to causing the death of Terence Shaw by careless driving.

Magistrates heard how Savage was driving his Vauxhall Frontera and trailer on Bridge Road, Little Sutton, on September 13 2011 when he tried to overtake Mr Shaw (69), of Crosby Row, Sutton Bridge.

Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, said windy conditions may have contributed to the collision but it was “still incumbent” on Savage to have given room to Mr Shaw when overtaking.

Mr Paulson also read out a statement from the victim’s sister, Linda Ward, who said she had no “ill feelings” towards Savage.

“Miss Ward was shocked and saddened by the loss of her brother and that he passed away with no family at his bedside.” Mr Paulson said.

“She misses Terry and thinks about him often, but has no ill feelings towards Mr Savage who has to live with this for the rest of his life.”

Anita Toal, mitigating, said Savage had shown remorse “right from the outset” by co-operating fully with the police after the accident and checking on Mr Shaw’s health while he was in hospital.

She added that Mr Shaw was a “well-liked” character in the area who sometimes had a tendency to ride his bicycle “erratically.”

“This is a case where a momentary misjudgment has had disastrous consequences resulting in the death of Mr Shaw,” Mrs Toal said.

“Mr Savage’s first thought is for the family of the deceased and he would like to pass on his very great regret over this incident.

“This offence has had a devastating impact on him and it’s not something he has taken lightly.”

Savage was ordered to pay £85 costs.