Teen driver killed Sheffield cyclist

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A teenager who killed a Sheffield cyclist in a road crash – and lied to police about what caused it – has been locked up.

Samuel Mason, aged 19, was driving a black Toyota when it collided with John Parkin, sending him and the new high-spec bicycle that he was riding for the first time up into the air.

He died almost instantly.

A judge heard the teenager had pulled out on the A6013 in Bamford to go around a delivery van, before turning right on to Brentwood Road where 42-year-old dad Mr Parkin was travelling in the opposite direction.

Initially Mason told police his view had been obscured by an articulated lorry, but none of the other witnesses backed up his story and he later changed his mind.

He told police he had a good view up the hill and simply didn’t see Mr Parkin, of Westfield, Sheffield, on May 2, 2013.

But witnesses described Mason as looking ‘impatient’ and said they had seen Mr Parkin cycling.

A statement from Mr Parkin’s wife Karen, read out at Derby Crown Court, said: “John wasn’t just my husband, he was my best friend.

“We were so in love, and there wasn’t a day gone by when we didn’t say it or show it.

“I feel so lost without him, it feels like I died on May 2.”

Mason, of Chapel-en-le-Frith, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

He had been driving for only 15 months at the time.

Adam Watkins, defending, said there were two possibilities – that Mason saw Mr Parkin and underestimated his speed, or that he did not see him at all.

He added: “My instructions are that he did not see the approaching cyclist.”

Sentencing Mason, Judge John Pini QC, told him: “I do not regard this as a momentary inattention, nearer to reckless risk-taking.

“Mr Parkin was visible for 57 metres from where you were. Your miscalculation cost him his life. “

Mason was sentenced to six months in a young offenders’ institute and given an 18-month driving ban.