Woman convicted of causing death by dangerous driving - Berkshire


A 38-year-old woman was convicted at Reading Crown Court today, Thursday, 25 July 2013, of causing death by dangerous driving following a road traffic collision in Twyford last year.

Victoria McClure, aged 38, of Chilton Drive, Charvil, was found guilty by a jury of one count of causing death by dangerous driving.

On 16 September 2012, McClure caused the death of Anthony Hilson, who was cycling olong the A4 Bath Road.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched. This was a tragic incident, which led to the untimely death of 46-year-old Anthony Hilson.

"Mr Hilson had been cycling along the A4 near Twyford on the 16 September 2012, when he was struck from behind by the defendant's vehicle.

"Mrs McClure failed to see Mr Hilson on the road. On the evidence presented at trial she had between 22 and 27 seconds in which she should have seen him cycling ahead of her and could have quite easily have steered around him. It may have been that her use of her satellite navigation system caused her to be distracted from driving. This was an avoidable distraction, which caused an avoidable death. It should act as a warning to others that any distraction while driving can have very serious consequences.

"Mrs McClure had pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, but this was not accepted by the prosecution team and a trial for causing death by dangerous driving was proceeded with.  The jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty for causing death by dangerous driving despite her denials.

"This was a very sad case, the consequences of which have had a terrible impact on many lives. The victim was a married man with two children. His family and friends have been devastated by his death.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. We hope that the conviction will in some way help Mr Hilson's family come to terms with this tragic event.

"Mrs McClure will be sentenced next month. However, no matter what the sentence is, we acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss of Mr Hilson. Our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this time."

Sergeant Jim Lovell of the Thames Valley Police Roads Policing unit said: "This has been an extremely emotional investigation for all those involved, in particular the family of Tony Hilson, who have lost their loved one.

"The case surrounds a collision between a car being driven by Victoria McClure and an experienced cyclist Mr Hilson, during which Mr Hilson tragically lost his life.

"Irrelevant of today's outcome, Mrs Hilson and her family will continue to struggle to come to terms with their loss.

"There are increasing amounts of cyclists being killed or seriously injured on our roads and this case serves as a reminder to all motorists that extra care and vigilance needs to be taken around all vulnerable road users.

"On behalf of Thames Valley Police I would like to place on record my thanks to witnesses involved as well as the investigation team, but most of all our thoughts are with Mr Hilson's family, who now need time to come to terms with their loss."

Victoria McClure will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on 30 August 2013.