Driver admits causing death of cycling campaigner John Radford

John Radford died in November 2014, 16 months after the incident on the A616 in July 2013, which left him with brain damage

A driver has pleaded guilty to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving in relation to the death of John Radford, chairman of Huddersfield and District Cyclists, in July 2013. Radford died in November 2014, 16 months after he was knocked off his bike and suffered head injuries and brain damage.

Michael Gledhill, 24, was found guilty of dangerous driving in October 2014, but Radford died before sentence was passed and Gledhill was subsequently charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

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The incident happened on the A616 between New Mill and Brockholes, when Gledhill was driving behind the 70-year-old and beeped his horn, which allegedly angered Radford.

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The two exchanged words through the driver’s side window as Gledhill drove alongside the cyclist. While he testified in court that he did not see his car hit Radford’s bike, a witness said that she saw him “steering towards” Radford. Gledhill denied intentionally driving into Radford.

Gledhill, a former soldier in the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday morning, having been told that the starting point for sentencing would be six years had he been convicted after trial.

Gledhill will be sentenced in January to allow for the preparation of pre-sentence and psychological reports, with Judge Christopher Batty warning: “You are going to custody and custody for a significant period of time”, according to The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.