Woman jailed for causing death by dangerous driving - Twyford, Berkshire

30/08/2013

A 38-year-old woman appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Friday, 30 August 2013, and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving following a road traffic collision in Tywford last year. She was also disqualified from driving for two and a half years.

Victoria McClure, of Chiltern Drive, Charvil, was found guilty by a jury of one count of causing death by dangerous driving following a trial in July.

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

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.

"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 and sentence will in some way help Mr Hilson's family come to terms with this tragic event.  Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."

Speaking after today's sentencing hearing, Sergeant Jim Lovell of the Thames Valley Police Roads Death Investigation Unit, said: "This has been a tragic and emotional case throughout. All of us should reflect upon the devastation this has had upon the Hilson family.

"They have shown great strength and respect throughout, as I know how much of an impact on their lives this has had.

"Regardless of the sentence today, the family are relieved it is now over. They can concentrate on trying to move forward and rebuilding their lives.

"It is worth reminding every motorist again to pay extra attention to all vulnerable road users."