Case Study

55-year-old cyclist killed in collision in Sheffield

Incident date: 
Sun, 3 Nov 2013

A 55-year-old male cyclist died following a collision with a car on Whirlowdale Road, near the junction with Abbey Lane, at around 8am on Sunday November 3rd.

The cyclist was taken to hospital to be treated for serious injuries following the collision with a black Vauxhall Astra, but later died.

The driver of the car, a 26-year-old woman, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police are appealing for witnesses and are keen to trace the driver of another vehicle who briefly stopped at the scene.

  • UPDATE (15/11/13)

The cyclist’s name was Eric Codling, aged 55 from Millhouses.

The Astra driver – a 26-year-old woman – and three men from a BMW also at the scene, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police have confirmed the woman failed a breath test.

The cyclist’s widow has spoken to BBC Radio Sheffield about her and her family’s experience of losing Eric and the importance that justice is done – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01k0pn6#programme-broadcasts. Listen from 1:08:10 to 1:14:29

Karen, Eric’s widow, said: “Eric had gone out on his regular Sunday morning bike ride – he often heads out to Fox House. He always got up early to go cycling so he could avoid the traffic.

“He was a mad cyclist, mad runner and he was very fit – he went to the gym every day.

“I was getting ready to go out with the girls, and I rang Eric to tell him where we were going, when the doorbell went at about 10.45am. It was the police.

“Eric was taken to the Northern General Hospital but he was dead when he got there.”

Karen, a partner in the personal injury team at city law firm Irwin Mitchell, and who sits on the board at Cavendish Cancer Care, said she is desperate for witnesses to the collision to contact South Yorkshire Police.

  • UPDATE (08/05/14)

The 26-year-old woman, Emma Egan, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and will appear at Sheffield Magistrates Court on 15 May.

She has also been charged with driving over the prescribed limit, failing to stop and failing to report a road traffic collision.

  • UPDATE (15/05/14)

The defendant, Emma Egan of Dewsbury, appeared today (15th May) at Sheffield Magistrates Court. The charges were read to her but she did not enter a plea.

The case will now be sent to the Crown Court for trial on June 2nd.

The case has been delayed until June 5th.

  • UPDATE (05/06/14)

Emma Egan has pleaded guilty to causing Eric Codling’s death by dangerous driving.

She also pleaded guilty to driving over the prescribed limit, failing to stop and failing to report a road traffic collision.

She will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on July 17th

It emerged that Ms Egan’s own sister was killed by a speeding driver in 2008.

  • UPDATE (17/07/14)

Campaigers from the Road Justice campaign attended the sentencing hearing and reported that Egan was sentenced to four years in prison and a six-year driving ban.

At the time that Egan hit Eric Codling she was over the drink-drive limit and travelling at 69mph.

The court heard she had been chasing her boyfriend, who was travelling in a car in front of her, after he had just ended their relationship.

Sentencing Egan, Recorder of Sheffield Judge Julian Goose said: “No order or sentence will bring back the life of the deceased.

“Death by dangerous driving is aggravated in your case by the fact that at the time you were over the limit and were in pursuit of another vehicle while travelling at excessive speed.

“You left the scene when you knew what you had done.

“There was no reporting of the accident by you.”

  • UPDATE 25/09/14

About 350 cyclists took part in the inaugural Ride for Eric on September 21st to mark Eric’s life.

Karen Codling, Eric’s wife, said: “He’s not here, there’s nobody to have a hug. He was a brilliant dad.”

The tribute raised £10,000 for charity and promoted the road safety message.

Cyclists rode over three routes of differing length to remember Mr Codling and to highlight the need for safe cycling.

Organisers said next year’s Ride for Eric was already being planned.

  • UPDATE (30/06/15)

Eric Codling’s wife has lashed out after it emerged his killer will only spend six months behind bars.

Emma Egan was moved to an open prison in February 2015 with more relaxed rules after just six months and in July she could be granted open conditions – allowing her escorted shopping trips and days out.

Eric’s widow Karen, who was informed in a letter from the probation service, told The Star: “Where is the justice?

“It looks to me like the justice that was handed down to Emma Egan in July 2014 is an absolute joke.

“This is no deterrent. For God’s sake, she took a life.”

A bike ride set up in Eric’s memory to raise funds for The Cavendish Centre takes place at Abbeydale Sports Club on Sunday, July 12.

For more information about the ride visit http://www.rideforeric.com/

CTC's view: 

Road Justice campaigners from Cycle Sheffield attended the sentencing hearing. One of the campaigners, Mick Nott, wrote a blog about the case and how it feels to bear witness to a court case.

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