Case Study

Ken Usher killed cycling near Spalding

Incident date: 
Fri, 3 Feb 2012

77-year-old Ken Usher was hit by a car in Whaplode Drove on Friday 3rd February and died at the scene, police said.

The driver of the car, an 80-year-old Spalding man, was not injured in the incident.

Mr Usher, from Crowland, had been a member of cycling clubs which met in areas including Spalding, Peterborough, Cambridge and Icknield.

In a statement Mr Usher’s family said: “It is with the greatest sadness that our father and husband was tragically killed on his trike in an accident.

“Cycling was his life and in his 77 years he held a few good records, including the Mersey 24-Hour.

“He died doing what he loved best and is sorely missed by wife, Gladys, son, Paul, and daughter, Jayne.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support and comfort at this sad time.”

Mr Usher’s family said he started in the Crouch Hill Cycling Club and joined many others, including the Witham Wheelers and BEC Cycling Club.

  • UPDATE 12/06/13
    Walter Coupland has been cleared of causing Ken Usher’s death by careless driving after he told a jury that he was on his correct side of the road when he was involved in the collision.

The jury of six men and six women cleared him after deliberating for more than six hours at the end of a trial at Lincoln Crown Court.

The collision occurred at lunchtime as Coupland turned left off Broadgate onto Parsons Lane at Whaplode Drove.

Coupland told the jury “I was just my side of the centre white line when the collision occurred.

“You have to take that turning very, very steady. That was what I was doing.

“If you don’t do it like that then you don’t know if there is anybody coming up the road.

“I didn’t expect there would be a collision.

“When the collision happened my windscreen was shattered.

“I didn’t know what it was. It happened so quick.

“In over 50 years of driving I’ve never had a speeding ticket or an accident.

“I’m very sorry for what happened. I did take care. I came round the corner and he was right against the white line.”

Robert Underwood , prosecuting, told the jury the fatal collision was caused by Coupland straying over the centre white line into the wrong carriageway.

He told the jury “Ken Usher was blameless. The cause of the collision was the careless driving of the defendant.

“He drove his car across the centre line road markings and as a consequence he struck Ken Usher.

“We say his driving fell below the standard to be expected of a careful and competent driver.”

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