Widow’s cy­clist safety ap­peal to mo­torists

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX RUCKI

THE wife of a teacher struck by a car while cy­cling on the Cat and Fid­dle is ap­peal­ing for driv­ers to take care around those on two wheels.

Guy Whar­ton, of Bolling­ton, was struck by a blue Re­nault Clio while he was cy­cling home from work on the A357 Bux­ton New Road, in Mac­cles­field, in sum­mer 2016.

The 46-year-old, who was a science teacher at Tyther­ing­ton High School, was killed on im­pact.

Philip Lea Chris­tian, 42, from Bux­ton, was over­tak­ing an­other ve­hi­cle when he col­lided with Guy’s bi­cy­cle.

He has since been sen­tenced to six months in prison and was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for two and a half years, af­ter ad­mit­ting in court to caus­ing death by care­less driv­ing.

Two years on from the col­li­sion Guy’s widow, Francesca, has been work­ing with road ac­ci­dent lawyers at law firm Ir­win Mitchell to seek an­swers.

She also joined ex­perts on Road Safety week, which launched on Novem­ber 19, and is ap­peal­ing for mo­torists to get ‘Bike Smart’.

Francesca, who mar­ried Guy in 2001, said: “The pain that I and the rest of the fam­ily felt in June 2016 hasn’t di­min­ished. We still miss Guy daily.

“He was a great hus­band, fa­ther and teacher and was well-re­spected by all those who knew him.

“He had such zest for life, was fit and healthy and loved teach­ing as well as his cy­cling and spend­ing time with his fam­ily.

“One of the most dev­as­tat­ing as­pects of his death was learn­ing how com­mon col­li­sions are on the stretch of road where Guy’s ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

“While noth­ing will ever bring him back, I am speak­ing out in sup­port of Road Safety Week to help the fight for se­ri­ous ac­tion to be taken to re­duce the num­bers of in­ci­dents which oc­cur in this area.

“No other fam­ily should have to suf­fer as we have and.”

Matthew Gar­son, from Ir­win Mitchell, said: “Two years on from Guy’s ac­ci­dent, Francesca and the fam­ily re­main un­der­stand­ably dev­as­tated by their loss.

“We see first-hand on a daily ba­sis the im­pact that col­li­sions can have on peo­ple’s lives – par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble road users such as cy­clists.

“Noth­ing is more im­por­tant than your own safety and the safety of oth­ers on the roads. It is vi­tal that peo­ple re­mem­ber this when while driv­ing, par­tic­u­larly on dan­ger­ous stretches of road.”

Guy Whar­ton

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