Driver who killed Sheffield cyclist said she did not see him whilst 'using sat nav'

Adrian Lane
-Credit: (Image: South Yorkshire Police)

A driver who killed a Sheffield cyclist has been sentenced after a court heard she hit him as she followed her sat nav.

Gillian Dungworth, 40, of Rotherham was travelling along Ringinglow Road on 15 September 2022 when she turned across the path of 58-year-old Adrian Lane. Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, he sadly died.

Following the collision, Dungworth, who had a full driving licence and insurance, was tested for drugs and alcohol and provided negative samples.

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During her interview, she said that she did not see Adrian travelling along the road and was following her sat nav to get to her destination.

Serious Collisions Unit Sergeant John Taylor said: “The circumstances of this collision are extremely sad. Adrian lost his life, and his family and friends will continue to grieve his loss for the rest of their lives”.

“Cyclists are one of the road users that require extra care, due to their lack of protection and visibility."

“Anyone can be involved in a fatal collision. We all have a part to play in ensuring everyone stays safe on the roads”.

“If you’re a driver, take that extra look, be vigilant for cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, or horse riders, that extra glance could save a life.”

Adrian's family issued a statement, which reads: "Adrian was a very experienced cyclist and loved being out and about on his bike.

"We are still trying to come to terms with his sudden an expected death, he leaves behind a son and step-son."

Dungworth appeared before Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. She was sentenced to three years, reduced to two years for pleading guilty, suspended for two years. She was also disqualified from driving for five years and ordered to complete an extended re-test.

For more information about road users that require extra care, please read the Highway Code or visit the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership website here.