Driver dodges jail time over cy­clist death

Mo­torist given com­mu­nity work for un­safe over­tak­ing that killed dad

Daily Record - - NEWS - BY DAVE FIN­LAY

A MO­TORIST avoided jail yes­ter­day af­ter killing a cy­clist by over­tak­ing care­lessly.

David Gor­don didn’t see dad of two Gary Christie com­ing to­wards him as he switched sides of the road to pass an­other cy­clist at a blind sum­mit.

Gary, 38, was fa­tally in­jured and died in hospi­tal two weeks later.

Gor­don, 56, was told to do 300 hours’ com­mu­nity pay­back work and banned from driv­ing for 10 years.

Lord Men­zies ruled that a prison sen­tence would nt be ap­pro­pri­ate but told him: “It must not be for­got­ten through­out all of this that Mr Christie was an in­no­cent man who was just go­ing about his daily rou­tine of cy­cling to work and who was killed in the prime of his life.”

Scott Shields, the cy­clist Gor­don over­took, told a trial of the hor­rific mo­ment when Gary was hit head on.

He said: “I heard a bang just a sec­ond af­ter he (the mo­torist) passed. I got off my bike and ran to the guy ly­ing on the road. The car had stopped just a wee bit fur­ther on.”

A back­ground re­port showed Gor­don took full re­spon­si­bil­ity. He ad­mit­ted he should have waited un­til he was over the brow of a hill at Car­berry Road, Kirk­caldy, be­fore over­tak­ing. He had suf­fered night­mares about the noise of the col­li­sion on Novem­ber 1, 2016, the re­port said.

Gor­don, of Dysart, Fife, had of­fered to plead guilty to death by care­less driv­ing but the Crown tried him for death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

But a jury at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh con­victed him of the lesser charge.

Lord Men­zies told Gor­don: “If you had been con­victed of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing it would, I think, have been al­most in­evitable that I would have im­posed a sen­tence of im­pris­on­ment on you.”

SADLY MISSED Dad Gary with his sons

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