Family of cyclist mourn loss as careless driver sentenced

George Eyre
George Eyre

A court has heard how a grandfather was killed after being knocked off his bike by a driver from Thrunton.

George Eyre, 62, suffered catastrophic head injuries in the crash at the Swan Centre roundabout in Tweedmouth on May 25 last year.

In a trial at Newcastle Crown Court last week, Anne Lyst, 50, of Crag End, was convicted of causing death by careless driving.

She was banned from driving for 18 months and given a 12-month community order, including 200 hours’ unpaid work, and must pay £1,500 costs.

The court heard that Mr Eyre, from Tweedmouth, had right of way when he entered the roundabout junction.

The defendant, a Citizens Advice Bureau employee who has volunteered for the Samaritans and helped cancer patients, was heading home from work.

But as she followed other traffic onto the roundabout at around 20mph, she failed to see ‘entirely blameless’ Mr Eyre.

The court heard the cyclist was in the defendant’s blind spot, which she said was particularly big on her Vauxhall Zafira.

Mr Eyre’s daughter, Lesley, in a victim impact statement read to the court, said: “We have never wished any malice to Mrs Lyst and have been sympathetic and understanding of the situation she found herself in.

“We do believe this was a genuine accident.

“However, all our family have wanted is for her to take responsibility and admit she could have done more to prevent what occurred.”

Mr Eyre’s wife, Brenda, added: “This has robbed our family of a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and friend.”

David Comb, defending, said the defendant had been keen to communicate her sympathy to Mr Eyre’s family, but was advised not to by the police until the case was over.