Driver sentenced after cyclist death

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A 28-year-old man has been sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court today for causing the death of a cyclist on the A5 in Milton Keynes.

Martin Boulton, of Lucas Place, Woughton on the Green, was sentenced to a six-month jail term suspended for two years, after admitting charges of causing death by careless driving and causing death by driving a vehicle while uninsured at earlier court hearings.

Boulton was driving a red Peugeot 306 at 9.45am on Sunday, March last year, when he crashed into a bike being ridden by 43-year-old Robert Gregory, from Little Brickhill.

At the time of the collision, Boulton was adjusting his car radio and the distraction meant he collided with Mr Gregory.

In addition to the suspended jail term, Boulton was also sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work, a 15-month driving disqualification for each of the two offences, to run concurrently, and he was fined £350 with a £15 victim surcharge. He will also be required to take part in a restorative justice scheme, if the victim’s family wants to take part.

Investigating officer PC Naomi Hames, of the Road Death Investigation Team in Aylesbury, said: “This is a very sad case and my thoughts continue to be with the family of Robert Gregory who have been very supportive throughout the police investigation.

“Martin Boulton admitted he was adjusting his car radio and failed to see Mr Gregory cycling along the road. When he did see him, sadly it was too late for him to take any preventative action.

“Although it is not against the law to adjust car radios while driving, this case is a stark reminder that driving is a multi-functional task which needs undivided attention. Any distraction can lead to a tragic outcome.

“Mr Boulton was also driving while uninsured and while it is accepted by police that it was not a deliberate act on his part, I want to remind drivers that it is their responsibility to check they have valid insurance in place, especially after renewing or changing to a new insurance company.

“Just because third party cover has been provided in the past it does not always follow that they will automatically be given this cover on renewal. It often has to be specifically requested.”