Eight-month sentence for driver who accelerated through lights and into cyclist after taking cocaine

Cyclist left with life-changing injuries in crash

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A driver from Rugby has been sentenced to eight months in prison after leaving a cyclist with life-changing injuries in a crash caused by him accelerating through traffic lights and losing control of his van having taken cocaine.

John Marshall pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with an excess level of a class A drug in his system at Warwick Crown Court following the incident on June 29, 2016.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.