A driver has been jailed after hitting and killing a cyclist while making a hands-free phone call. Lauren Hughes, 27 said she did not see Michael Roff on his bicycle as she drove her car along the A603 Barton Road on the evening of July 31, 2020.
Hughes had approached the roundabout with the M11, near Grantchester in the outside lane, slowed, then braked sharply, colliding with Mr Roff’s bike. A digital media investigator found she was using her phone on a hands free setting at the time of the collision.
Mr Roff, 57, at Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, suffered head injuries in the crash. He died five hours later at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
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Hughes, of The Yard, Braintree, Essex was sentenced to 15 months in prison and banned from driving for three years at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (June 17). She had previously been found guilty of causing death by careless driving following trial.
Detective Sergeant Mark Dollard from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Michael Roff was a much-loved family man and keen cyclist. Lauren Hughes, through her inattention and lack of care for the task of driving, has caused Mr Roff’s family untold pain and suffering.
“This sentence and tragic loss should be a reminder to all about the importance of careful and attentive driving, and that particular attention for vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians is paramount.
“I hope that Mr Roff’s family can now look to the future and attempt to rebuild their lives and I would like to thank them for the patience and dignity shown during the investigation and the trial.”
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