Cy­clist crash cop spared jail term

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A COP who mowed down a tal­ented mu­si­cian while driv­ing at more than twice the speed limit to an emer­gency call has walked free from court.

PC David Lynch, 31, re­ceived an eight-month sus­pended sen­tence af­ter hit­ting cy­clist Joseph Bel­monte from be­hind, throw­ing him across his bon­net and into a tree.

Dad-of-two Lynch was driv­ing at up to 68mph in a 30mph zone in Hack­ney, east Lon­don, when his Mercedes Vito van “took off” go­ing over a bridge and gouged holes in the road as it landed.

He lost con­trol and hit Bel­monte, 31, at 45mph. He was left with brain and spinal in­juries and a bro­ken arm and fin­ger.

Lynch, who has since quit the force, pleaded guilty to care­less driv­ing and was also con­victed of dan­ger­ous driv­ing at South­wark Crown Court.

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