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Cyclist Neil Thompson killed in crash with car in Leicestershire; driver receives jail sentence

Incident date: 
Thu, 19 Jan 2012

Cyclist Neil Thompson was killed when William Manson made a poor overtaking manoeuvre.

Thompson, 54, of Kirkby Mallory, received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. No-one else was injured.

61-year-old William Manson of Melton pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and was sentenced to 8 months in jail, with a 2 year driving ban.

Judge Sylvia De Bertodano said: “It was carelessness to the point of dangerousness. A message has to go out that people who drive cars are in charge of a very dangerous machine. If you fail to exercise responsibility and kill someone, you must go to prison.”

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