Northampton woman who caused death of cyclist jailed for five months

The A510 Finedon Road where a cyclist died after he was involved in a collision with a car (Google image)
The A510 Finedon Road where a cyclist died after he was involved in a collision with a car (Google image)

A Northampton woman has been jailed for five months after she admitted causing the death of a cyclist after she crashed her car into him.

Angela Willshire, aged 32, of Thatchwell Court, Standens Barn, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to a charge of causing death by careless driving.

The court heard Anthony Ashcroft, aged 76, was cycling along the A510 between Wellingborough and Finedon at 11pm on Friday, March 13, when he was involved in a collision with a green Citroen Saxo, being driven by Willshere, close to Sidegate Lane.

Mr Ashcroft, who had been wearing a high-visibility jacket and had lights on his bike, died in hospital the following day as a result of his injuries.

The court heard that a collision investigator estimated that Mr Ashcroft would have been visible to Willshere for at least five seconds before the collision.

The court heard that Willshere was also uninsured at the time of the crash as her licence had been revoked by the DVLA but the defendant was unaware of the issue with her licence.

Stephen Evans, defending, said his client “did not know what had happened” but accepted that she “ought to have seen the cyclist”.

Judge Rupert Mayo, sentencing, said there was no sentence he could pass that would compensate for the suffering and grief of Mr Ashcroft’s family.

He said: “Mr Ashcroft’s body and cycle were lit up and you should have been able to see him with the headlights of your car.

“A collision investigator has estimated you had five-and-a-half seconds to see him. I don’t know why you didn’t.”

Willshere was jailed for five months and disqualified from driving for two years. She is likely to serve half of her prison term before being released on licence.