Family to sue driver over death crash

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The family of a cyclist killed in a collision with a car on a dark country road in Moulton Seas End last year is to sue the driver.

David Hall (58) died at the scene of the accident on the evening of February 1, 2013, after being struck by a car driven by Joseph Strong.

On Thursday, Strong (50), of Burnstone Gardens, Moulton, was banned from driving for a year and given a six month suspended jail sentence, after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

The court heard Strong had cut the corner on a bend and struck Mr Hall, of Moulton Seas End, who was stationary and waiting to turn right.

BT worker Mr Hall, who had his lights on and was wearing a high-visibility jacket, was cycling home from work.

His widow Vera said after the case: “I feel no hatred towards him (Strong) but I hope he has had time to reflect on the terrible consequences that his actions have had on our family.”

The solicitor representing Mr Hall’s family told the Free Press: “David’s death was tragic, untimely and totally avoidable.

“Although nothing will turn back the clock, now that criminal proceedings are concluded, we will be seeking to provide some degree of financial security for those he left behind by launching a separate civil action.”

In court, the judge said to Strong: “You never set out that day to take a life. You have never tried to wriggle out of this.”

Strong’s solicitor said: “He is now a broken man.”

l Court report and family reaction on page 6.