Andrew Lanham guilty of cyclist Frank Lee's death

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image captionAndrew Paul Lanham was found guilty of causing death by careless driving at Carlisle Crown Court

A driver has been found guilty of causing the death of an elderly cyclist by careless driving.

Andrew Paul Lanham knocked Frank Lee, 81, from his electric bike after clipping him with his wing mirror.

Mr Lee died 198 days after the crash from complications caused by his multiple injuries, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Retired tree surgeon Lanham, 71, from Penruddock, near Penrith, will be sentenced on Wednesday.

He had denied causing Mr Lee's death by careless and dangerous driving, and said his overtaking of Mr Lee had been safe.

Jurors cleared Lanham of causing death by dangerous driving, but found him guilty of death by careless driving.

'Error of judgement'

The court heard Mr Lee was out riding with a Keswick-based cycling group on 28 February last year.

While travelling along the C3031 - a narrow, single-track country lane between Matterdale and Greystoke - Lanham went to overtake the group in his car and caught Mr Lee.

When vehicle and road measurements were put to him, Lanham said he made a "miscalculation".

"I think it was an error of judgement," he said. "I thought Mr Lee was further over."

Lanham, a man of previous good character, was granted bail until his sentencing.

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