Case Study

19 year-old given community punishment for killing 56 year-old cyclist in Lancashire

Incident date: 
Tue, 27 Mar 2012

Samuel Fawcett, 19, received 300 hours community punishment and a 2 year driving ban for the offence of causing death by careless driving.

Tom Berry, a 56-year-old cyclist, suffered serious injuries in the accident which happened as he cycled on A521, Meadow Lane, Croston, near Leyland, towards the A59 on March 27 2012.

Fawcett had claimed he was temporarily blinded by the low setting sun when the collision happened at 6.50pm.

However, according to the Lancashire Evening Post, police accident investigators found that he continued to drive at 40mph for at least 160 metres.

It is understood he only stopped when his car struck Mr Berry, who was hit from behind by Fawcett’s black Fiat Punto.

Fawcett was convicted at Lancaster Crown court earlier this month and was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on the 1st August.

CTC's view: 

Less than a third of drivers convicted of causing death by careless driving go to jail, but, even worse, short driving bans such as the 2 year ban received by Samuel Fawcett, means that killer drivers could be back behind the wheel terrifyingly soon. CTC wants to see much longer driving bans, and much tougher driving tests, imposed on those who have shown themselves to be a danger on the roads.

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