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Driver "didn't see" cyclist crossing road before "completely avoidable" fatal collision

Motorist pleads guilty to careless driving and receives community order and 18-month ban

A driver who admitted she "just didn't see" a Cambridge cyclist crossing the road has pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving. A police spokesman said the incident had been "completely avoidable".

Wildlife conservationist Dr Tony Whitten, 64, was crossing Newmarket Road at about 9.15pm on November 29, 2017, when he was hit by 56-year-old Emma Featherstone.

The BBC reports that Featherstone had turned right out of Sun Street into Newmarket Road. She told police that she "just didn't see" the cyclist.

At a voluntary interview in March last year, she said she turned right at the junction while in first gear and at no point noticed Whitten

Whitten, a senior advisor with Fauna and Flora International who had 11 new species named after him, died at the scene.

A collision investigation report concluded Featherstone had failed to look adequately before pulling out of the junction.

PC Paul Gale, who investigated, said: “It’s incredibly sad when we have to attend incidents where drivers have made a mistake resulting in tragedy.

“It is vital that people drive in a safe, considerate way in order to prevent awful instances like this occurring in the future. We attend these kinds of incidents far too often and many are completely avoidable.”

Featherstone was handed a 12-month community order, a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and has to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. She was banned from driving for 18 months.

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