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Two drivers jailed for crash that left cyclist dead

Ross Fawthrop died at scene of collision involving car and van in Worcestershire in June 2017

Two motorists have been handed jail terms at Worcester Crown Court in relation to a collision nearly two years ago that left a cyclist dead.

Ross Fawthtrop, aged 59, died at the scene of the collision outside the Swallow’s Nest pub on Bromsgrove Road, Romsley, Halesowen at 7.40am on 15 June 2017.

Shortly afterwards, a handwritten sign was erected at the scene underneath a 30 mph sign pleading with drivers to slow down.

It said: “Cyclist killed here. Father of two. Please, please, please slow down for cyclists. This could be your dad, son or brother out on a bike ride. It is so frightening being passed by cars too close and too fast. We have young families. RIP."

Yesterday, the drivers of the two motor vehicles involved in the fatal crash were both found guilty of causing death by careless driving at Worcester Crown Court yesterday.

Balvinder Sangha, aged 46 and of Romley, who had been driving a Ford Transit van, was sentenced to 12 months in jail and given a three-year ban from driving.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Emily Wilkinson, from Stourbridge, who had been at the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa, was jailed for six months and disqualified from driving for two years.

Investigating officer PC Dan Barker of West Mercia Police commented: "This was a tragic incident to investigate, and our thoughts go out to David's family at this time.

"West Mercia Police is committed to improving road safety and keeping the roads safe for everyone, and we will investigate those who drive without the due care and attention required, to ensure that every effort is made to bring offenders to justice," he added.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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