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 has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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