Case Study

Didcot cyclist, Paul Welch, dies after collision with car driver

Incident date: 
Sat, 3 Nov 2012

A 67 year old cyclist from Didcot was seriously injured after a driver hit him on a roundabout at the junction of Foxhall Road and Broadway, Didcot.

The cyclist was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital on Saturday morning (03/11/12) and later died from his injuries on Sunday afternoon (04/11/12).

Police officers appealed for witnesses. As yet the driver has not been charged.

  • UPDATE (26/07/13)

Sophie Hickman, of Fane Drive, Berinsfield, admitted causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving and causing death by driving while uninsured.

Hickman, 24, was sentenced to a term of six months, suspended for two years at Oxford Crown Court on Wednesday.

She was disqualified from driving for two years, ordered to pay an £80 surcharge and placed under a 12-month supervision order. This would include 150 hours of unpaid work and taking part in the restorative justice programme, if the victim’s family agreed she could apologise directly to them.

Father-of-two Mr Welch, a retired BT engineer was a lifelong cyclist.

The court heard that on the day of his death he told wife Mandy, “I’m just popping out”, before pedalling off.

Minutes later he was struck by Hickman’s Renault Megane.

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