Driver jailed for killing Rhys-Evans

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.

>> Save up to 31% with a magazine subscription. Enjoy the luxury of home delivery and never miss an issue <<

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.

Related links

Teenage driver charged over death of Major Gareth Rhys-Evans