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Woman's not guilty plea in cyclist death case

Rider died after being struck at roundabout near Swindon

A woman charged with causing the death of a cyclist by careless driving is to stand trial at Swindon Crown Court after she entered a not guilty plea at a plea and case management hearing on Friday.

The Swindon Advertiser reports that Sarah Williams, 45, of Orpington in Kent was at the wheel of a horsebox which is said to have been in collision with 23-year-old Andrew Drinkwater on the southbound slip road of the A419 near Swindon.

Mr Drinkwater, a roofer, is thought to have been struck by other vehicles after being knocked off his bike in the incident which happened at 9.30pm on April 9 last year.

On hearing Ms Williams had entered a not guilty plea, Judge Euan Ambrose adjourned the case until February 25, for a further pre-trial hearing, with April 18 provisionally set as the date for the Crown Court trial in Swindon.


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