Case Study

Cyclist Alan Mort killed in A548 Flint collision - driver charged with dangerous driving

Incident date: 
Mon, 6 Feb 2012

Tributes have been paid to a former paramedic who died after a collision with a car while on his bicycle.

Alan Mort, 63, from Kinmel Bay, Conwy, suffered head injuries and died in hospital after the incident on the A548 near Manor Industrial Estate, Flint.

Mr Mort, who was also Flintshire clinical team leader for North Wales Ambulance Trust, was described as “greatly respected”.

The collision occurred at 12.38 pm on Sunday 5th February.

The driver of a Range Rover involved in the crash, John James Evans, 44, has now been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

  • UPDATE 8/8/12

Owing to procedural errors on the part of the Crown Prosecution Service this case has been delayed until September.

  • UPDATE 16/01/13

John Evans, 45, was sentenced to 14 months for ploughing into Alan Mort.

Judge Niclas Parry told Mold Crown Court there were more “vulnerable” cyclists than ever using the roads.

He said it was inexplicable that Evans, from Flint, did not see the retired paramedic who was cycling properly.

Evans was also banned from driving for 18 months and was ordered to take an extended driving test.

The court heard that other drivers, including two driving behind Evans, saw Mr Mort cycling in a straight line.

Witnesses said the victim was riding close to the kerb and was wearing a high visibility jacket.

But Evans did not see him and did not brake or swerve to avoid him.

He ploughed straight into Mr Mort, knocking him onto his bonnet and then onto the kerb.

Mr Mort would have been visible to Evans for at least 20 seconds, the court heard.

A passing nurse tried to save Mr Mort, but he had been killed instantly, Jane La Grua, prosecuting, said.

Evans initially denied causing death by dangerous driving but changed his plea to guilty at the court hearing on Tuesday.

CTC's view: 

Alan Mort was a prominent member of CTC Chester. The charge of ‘causing death by dangerous driving’ is a welcome development.

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