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Oxfordshire man jailed over cyclist drink-driving death

Jonathan Ashworth
Image caption Ashworth had also taken cocaine hours before the crash

A drink driver who knocked down and killed a cyclist in Oxfordshire has been jailed for three years.

Jonathan Ashworth was driving a Range Rover that hit 18-year-old Tom Kahl on the A4260 near Thrupp in July 2010.

Ashworth, 55, of Shipton-on-Cherwell, had also taken cocaine hours before the crash.

He was found guilty following a trial at Oxford Crown Court of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Ashworth had admitted causing death by driving while uninsured and causing death by driving while unlicensed, but had denied being guilty of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Family 'devastated'

He was also banned from driving for five years and will have to take an extended retest when his ban expires.

Mr Kahl, who had been cycling along the road with friends, with no lights while listening to his MP3 player, died at the scene.

Following the sentence, investigating officer Sgt Pete Jell said: "I hope people take note of this case and in the run-up to Christmas they remember Tom if they consider having a drink before driving.

"Tom's family will never be the same again. They have been left devastated by what happened to their son."

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