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Three years in jail for drunk driver who killed teen cyclist in Oxfordshire

Motorist had also taken cocaine before getting behind wheel of borrowed Range Rover

An Oxfordshire man has been jailed for three years for killing a teenage cyclist while under the influence of alcohol. Jonathan Ashworth, aged 55, who as well as drinking had taken cocaine prior to the fatal incident, was also been banned from driving for five years, reports the BBC.

Ashworth, from Shipton-on-Cherwell, was driving a Range Rover he had borrowed from a neighbour when he struck and killed 18-year-old Tom Kahl on the A4260 close to Thrupp in July last year.

In September this year, he was unanimously convicted by a jury at Oxford Crown Court of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol, a charge he had denied. He had pleaded guilty to causing death by driving while uninsured and causing death by driving while unlicensed.

Investigating officer Sergeant Pete Jell of Thames Valley Police said: "I hope people take note of this case and in the run-up to Christmas they remember Tom if they consider having a drink before driving.

"Tom's family will never be the same again. They have been left devastated by what happened to their son."

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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