Morecambe cabbie found guilty of death of cyclist, 80

Cable Street: Scene of the incident

Cable Street: Scene of the incident

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A taxi driver is to be sentenced almost 18 months after causing the death of an elderly cyclist.

Ian Walker, of The Belle Vue Hotel, Marine Road, Morecambe, was accused of causing the death by careless driving of 80-year-old George Mitchell.

Mr Mitchell died in on a hospital ward a few days after the accident, which happened as he cycled down Cable Street in Lancaster, on May 16 last year. Walker pleaded not guilty to the charge.

A one and a half day trial took place at Lancaster Magistrates ‘Court, and the bench found him guilty of the charge. The 33-year-old’s case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

He is next expected to appear on November 3 when sentence will be passed.

The pensioner was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary with a head injury but passed away 11 days later.

One lane of Cable Street was closed for a couple of hours as police investigators analysed the scene.

After Mr Mitchell’s death, Lancaster cyclists staged a ‘Critical Mass’ bicycle ride in the city. Cyclists met at Dalton Square to ride en masse at a sedate pace around the Lancaster one-way city centre ring road. At the time, organisers said the pensioner’s death showed Lancaster’s streets were still not safe for cyclists.