Unpaid work for death crash driver

Tommy Berry
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A young motorist who left a cyclist dead has been ordered to complete 300 hours unpaid work.

Samuel Fawcett, 19, of Liverpool Road, Rufford, was also banned from the road for two years after he was found guilty of causing death by driving without due care and attention.

Tom Berry, a 56-year-old cyclist, suffered serious injuries in the accident which happened as he cycled on Meadow Lane, Croston, near Leyland, towards the A59 on March 27 2012.

Fawcett had claimed he was temporarily blinded by the low setting sun when the collision happened at 6.50pm.

However police accident investigators found that he continued to drive at 40mph for at least 160 metres.

It is understood he only stopped when his car struck Mr Berry, who was hit from behind by Fawcett’s black Fiat Punto.

It is thought a motorcyclist and passenger stopped to help.

The road was closed for around two and half hours.

Fawcett was found guilty at Lancaster Crown court earlier this month and was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday.

Mr Berry, known affectionately as “Tommy”, was a staunch Wigan Athletic supporter, and it is understood Roberto Martinez attended his funeral.

He was described as being “well known” in football in the Wigan area, and the club paid tribute to him in their magazine.

One friend, posting on a football forum said: “Great footballer, smashing lad, will be sadly missed.”

Another added: “A great lad and a good friend.”

The former Junior Latics coach was a plumber by trade.

He is survived by his wife Catherine and daughter Sarah, who raised cash for the Brake Charity, which aims to promote awareness of road safety.