Case Study

Cyclist from Saxmundham killed in hit and run

Incident date: 
Wed, 4 Jan 2012

The 64-year-old man, from the Saxmundham area, was taken to Ipswich Hospital with life threatening injuries following the crash on the B1121.

He was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s in a critical condition but died as a result of his injuries this afternoon.

Police were called at about 7.45am to reports that a man had been knocked off his bike on the road linking Saxmundham and neighbouring Benhall.

A search was launched for the driver of a car also believed to have been involved in the collision but that had failed to stop at the scene.

The owner, a 46-year-old man from Saxmundham was later located at Ipswich Hospital by police, with the assistance of Ford motor company. He is currently undergoing treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital as officers wait to talk to him in connection with the crash.

  • UPDATE (11/09/13)

Police located the driver, Darren Baker, 47, by matching a broken wing mirror left at the scene of the crash with his car.

Baker was on his way to work when he hit 65-year-old David Noy, who was a keen cyclist. Noy suffered serious head injuries and died the next day.

Baker admitted causing Mr Noy’s death by careless driving and was given a one-year community order, ordered to do 240 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for three years.

Sentencing him, Judge Rupert Overbury said there were no witnesses to the “tragic accident” and Baker had no memory of what happened.

“There is no evidence that this memory loss is anything but genuine,” he said.

He said it was unclear if Baker had stopped at the scene of the accident but even if he did, he had not done anything to help Mr Noy.

Mr Noy’s brother Tony and sister-in-law Grace said they were disappointed that Baker hadn’t received a short prison sentence.

Speaking on their behalf, a police spokesman said: “He (Baker) left Mr Noy lying on the verge and could have done something to help him. For that reason they wanted him to have a short sentence to reflect on that failure to help him.”

Mr Ivory said that police who traced Baker through the broken wing mirror on his car found he had arrived at work more than three hours late on the day of the accident with self-inflicted injuries on his arms.

Michael Clare, for Baker, said his client felt genuine remorse for what had happened. He said Baker couldn’t remember the accident but it was likely he had been distracted for a short period.

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