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Van driver sentenced after crash in Lichfield that killed cyclist

A man has been sentenced after a crash in Lichfield that killed a cyclist.

David Stanley was given 175 hours of community service, a 12-month disqualification and ordered to pay a £2,500 fine and £1,000 in costs.

The 24-year-old, from Winslow Road, Nash, in Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving following the crash that killed Warren Trotman.

The 46-year-old was cycling on the A5127 Birmingham Road in October 2015 when he was hit by a white Ford Transit van.

Stanley told the court he did not see Mr Trotman, who was not wearing any reflective clothing.

The judge said it was a moment of inattention that led to Mr Trotman’s death.

Investigating officer, Sgt Richard Moors, said: “I hope this sentencing brings some closure to the family of Mr Trotman.

“We are committed to keeping Staffordshire’s roads as safe as possible and I would like to take this opportunity to remind all road users of their responsibilities.

“Motorists have a responsibility to position themselves appropriately to allow for other road users and cyclists need to consider their visibility and use suitable lights and/or reflective clothing as and when appropriate.

“We are all responsible for looking after each other on our roads.”

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2 Comments

  1. Darryl

    31st May, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Firstly, what a pathetic sentence. The sentences for death by careless and death by dangerous simply do not deter people from driving like idiots. It’s a national disgrace.

    Secondly, Sgt Moors comment about closure and “commitment to keeping Staffordshire roads safe” is all very commendable, but it takes more than the river of tweets reminding people not to use their phones, not to drink drive and to wear their seatbelts, to change attitude. I empathise with the police that their numbers have been decimated under this and previous governments, but they must do more until it changes. An example would be, not ignoring the terrible driving standards on Wall Island, whilst parked by the toll entrance, drinking morning coffee.

  2. John Griffin

    31st May, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Well said Darryl. I have curtailed my cycling due to the appalling behaviour of some drivers, not just white-van-man but Four-Oaks-Chelsea-tractor-mum and the rest.
    The sentence is a very very bad joke.
    10 years for involuntary manslaughter agrravated by dangerous driving please.