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Cyclist sentenced for fatal collision with pedestrian

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A cyclist who crashed into a pedestrian on a pavement, who later died of her injuries, has been sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court.

Elizabeth Stone (known to friends as Jane) was walking along the pavement in Monmouth with a friend when Stewart McGinn, 29, rode his bike on the pavement and around a corner at some speed, running into her head on.

The force of the impact knocked her to the ground, causing a serious head injury. McGinn did not stop and rode away.  

Police officers assisted at the scene before Mrs Stone was taken to hospital, but unfortunately the injuries proved to be fatal.

Ryan Randall of the CPS said: “The way in which McGinn rode his bike around the corner was completely irresponsible.

“His disregard for the safety of others using the pavement proved to be disastrous and is a stark reminder that pedal cycles can be dangerous to other road users when ridden so recklessly.  

“Our thoughts are with those who have suffered the tragic loss of Mrs Stone.”

McGinn pleaded guilty at the plea hearing on 14 July 2022 and was sentenced the same day to 12 months’ imprisonment and was disqualified from driving for two years and six months.  

Notes to editors

  • Ryan Randall is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • Stewart McGinn (DOB: 12/8/1992) pleaded guilty to causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving, contrary to section 35 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.
  • Elizabeth Jayne Stone died on 11 June 2021 aged 79 years.

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