Driver (77) in court over cyclist’s death

Charity fundraiser Sally Preece was killed as she cycled across Britain.
Charity fundraiser Sally Preece was killed as she cycled across Britain.
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A driver aged 77 has admitted causing the death of a mum-of-two who was taking part in a charity cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Sally Preece (49), formerly from Spalding, was fatally injured in the crash on September 12, 2014 on the A85 near Killin, Stirling, and died the following day in hospital.

Pensioner Kenneth McClelland, from Largs , Ayrshire, appeared at Stirling Sheriff Court last week where he admitted causing Mrs Preece’s death by careless driving.

McClelland accepted he had failed to maintain proper observations, overtook when it wasn’t safe to do so and entered into the opposing carriageway, where his vehicle struck Mrs Preece.

The pensioner was bailed for reports and sentence was deferred until later this month.

Mrs Preece was the daughter of Spalding couple Terry and Judy Wing and, at the time of her death, left family including her parents, brother Martin, sister Hayley, and her family in Chelmsford, husband Philip and children Brad (16) and Amy (13).

Mrs Preece was riding for a Lloyds Bank team in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain and raised thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s sufferers.

She had previously run the London Marathon but switched to cycling because of arthritis in her feet.

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