Andrew Irish appears in court after losing control of his car on a corner in Lancashire, hitting and killing cyclist Daniel Richmond

A driver who lost control of his car on a corner and killed a cyclist riding on the other side of the road has denied causing death by dangerous driving.

Andrew Irish, 38, was driving near Euxton, Lancashire, in April 2014 when he collided with cyclist Daniel Richmond, 35. Richmond was riding with his friend, Matthew Abbott, at the time.

Irish appears to have hit the corner at too high a speed, losing control of his Audi S3 and travelling on the other side of the road, where he hit Richmond as he rode in the opposite direction. Abbott was uninjured.

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Irish pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving at Liverpool Crown Court. He maintains that a blue car was travelling closely behind him before the incident, causing him to be distracted and increase his speed, according to the Lancashire Evening Post.

Richmond was pronounced dead at the scene, and it was reported that the impact was so severe that Richmond’s bicycle was catapulted over the side of a bridge and onto the M6 motorway below.