Geoffrey Davis cycle death: driver spared jail

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A car driver who killed a Kendal man by knocking him off his bike in the dark has been spared a prison sentence.

Geoffrey Bruce Davis, 52, of Windermere Road in Kendal, died on the A590 at Leven near Kendal on 29 November.

David Anthony Dixon, 56, of Longlands Lane, Heysham, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Carlisle Crown Court.

Dixon was ordered to do 200 hours unpaid community work and banned from driving for a year.

Mr Davis, who was thrown from his bike and hit by another car, died from multiple injuries to his head and body.

The prosecution accepted that there was no suggestion that Dixon had been driving too fast or undertaking any dangerous manoeuvre.

At a previous hearing Arthur Gibson, prosecuting counsel, said: "This is a case, quite simply, where the unfortunate victim was riding his bicycle properly, the bicycle was properly lit and he was wearing appropriate clothing, but Mr Dixon, for whatever reason, didn't see him."

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