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Man sentenced for causing death of 75-year-old cyclist by careless driving

News   •   Mar 09, 2018 04:39 GMT

Image: Victim: Frank Cubis

A man has been sentenced for causing the death of a 75-year-old cyclist by careless driving.

William Cottrell, 48 (28.05.69) of Nicholas Gardens, W5 was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday, 7 March to 120 hours unpaid work to be completed in the next 12 months and 12 months' disqualification from driving.

Officers were called to reports of a collision between cyclist, Frank Cubis, 75, from Perivale, and a flatbed transit van at the junction of Northfield Avenue and Salisbury Road, W13.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:00hrs on Wednesday, 25 May 2016.

London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance attended and Mr Cubis was taken to hospital.

He remained in hospital in a critical condition until his death on Tuesday, 5 July.

The cause of death was described as a head injury.

Mr Cottrell was arrested by detectives on the day of the incident on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

He was charged on 14, July and his trial commenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday, 26 February. 

Detective Constable Sid Acharya, from the Met's Road and Transport Policing Command, said: "Today's result shows how one quick lapse of attention when you're driving can lead to devastating, life changing results.

"Although Mr Cottrell has not received a jail sentence for his actions, he will forever have to live with knowing that his lapse in concentration has cost a man his life and a family a lot of pain."