25 Apr 2009

Driver jailed after fatally hitting cyclist

7:07 am on 25 April 2009

A Northland driver who collided with a cyclist and left him to die has been jailed for a year.

John Williams, 63, was sentenced in Whangarei District Court on Friday, following the death of well-known local road safety campaigner Fred Ogle.

Williams admitted a charge of careless driving causing death.

However, he denied the more serious charge of failing to stop or help Mr Ogle as he lay dying on the side of Maunu Road in August last year.

The judge said Williams drove to Auckland in the middle of the night to have his smashed windscreen repaired, in a bid to avoid detection.

In March, Williams was convicted of careless driving after he knocked a cyclist off his bike on Auckland's North Shore.

Williams has been disqualified from driving for four years.

Steve Wilson of the cycling group Whangarei Freewheelers says Williams should never be allowed to drive again.