Cyclist jailed for 12 months for collision that killed pensioner

Darryl Gittoes was riding on Commercial Street during prohibited hours when he hit Mary Evans, who died of her injuries

A Droitwich man has been jailed for 12 months for his part in a collision which killed 73-year-old pedestrian Mary Evans in July 2014.

Darryl Gittoes was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving.

The Droitwich Standard reports that Gittoes took a bike from a scrap metal lorry and proceeded to ride it up and down Commercial Street, where cycling is banned between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Gittoes was reportedly warned several times for riding up and down the street and the following day he collided with Ms Evans at 3pm on the same street. She fell to the ground and her head hit the ground. She died of her injuries several days later.

Emily Lenham, prosecuting, said: “This case clearly highlights the dangers of riding a cycle in a pedestrian area and the tragic consequences of Mr Gittoes’ actions should serve as a reminder to cyclists to take heed of prohibitions in place within such areas, which are necessary to preserve the safety of pedestrians.

“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mary Evans.”