The 19-year-old driver who struck and killed Major Gareth Rhys-Evans whilst he was riding a time trial on the A1 in Bedfordshire last May has been jailed for 21 months.
Katie Hart was given a 21-month custodial sentence by Judge Nicholas Coleman at Huntingdon Crown Court on Monday. Hart was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.
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Hart struck Rhys-Evans, 37, at Eaton Socon while he was taking part in the Icknield CC 25-mile time trial on the A1 on Sunday, May 3 2009. Hart said that she failed to see the cyclist from her Ford Ka, and only knew that a collision had occured after she felt the impact.
Rhys-Evans died at the scene, leaving a wife and two children.
Hart, a care worker from Little Paxton, Camridgeshire, was distraught after the incident and has shown deep remorse. However, although saying that Hart was a ‘thoroughly nice young lady’, Judge Coleman confirmed that a custodial sentence was mandatory for causing death by dangerous driving.
Hart has also been banned for driving for two years. There was no evidence that Hart was on a mobile phone, texting or otherwise distracted when she hit Rhys-Evans from behind.
As a result of the incident, Cambridgeshire police are currently reviewing the way in which they monitor time trials on the A1 in Bedfordshire.