Pedal cyclist jailed for knocking over and killing pedestrian

23/06/2015

A pedal cyclist who knocked over and killed a 73-year-old pedestrian in Hereford City Centre last year was yesterday (22 June 2015) jailed for 12 months after he had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving.

Worcester Crown Court heard how 21-year-old Darryl Gittoes had recovered a bicycle from a scrap metal lorry and had been warned a number of times of riding this bike along Commercial Street in the city centre, which has a Traffic Regulation Order which prohibits cycling in that area between the hours of 10:30am and 4:30pm on any day of the week.

On 30 July 2014 at around 3pm, having been stopped the previous day and warned of the prohibition, the defendant still rode his bicycle along Commercial Street when he collided with Mary Evans, knocking her to the ground causing her to strike her head on the hard floor.

The emergency services were called to the scene who administrated first-aid. The victim was transferred to the Hereford County Hospital where she passed away on 8 August 2014.

The defendant's bike was later examined and it was found to have had no brakes, a deflated rear tyre, an aged and cracked front tyre and no bell.

Emily Lenham, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Darryl Gittoes was fully aware that his bike was not in a roadworthy condition and he knew of the prohibitions which were in force along Commercial Street, however, on 30 July 2014 he disregarded the previous warning he had received from the police and rode his bicycle along this street and in doing so, he collided with Mary Evans, knocking her to the ground.

"Mrs Evan would later die due to the head injuries caused by the collision.

"This case clearly highlights the dangers of riding a cycle in a pedestrian area and the tragic consequences of Mr Gittoes' actions should serve as a reminder to cyclists to take heed of prohibitions in place within such areas, which are necessary to preserve the safety of pedestrians.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mary Evans."