Truck driver who killed cyclist by knocking him off bike jailed

The crash smashed the windscreen of Adam Fernie's vehicle and pushed victim, Iain Anderson, and his bike 30m along the road.

Truck driver Adam Fernie who killed cyclist Iain Anderson by knocking him off bike in Fife jailed Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

A truck driver who killed a cyclist by knocking him off his bike in crash has been jailed for nearly three years.

Adam Fernie, 80, failed to notice Iain Anderson, 66, cycling on the B937 near Ladybank in Fife and struck him with his vehicle.

The impact smashed the windscreen of the pensioner’s Nissan Cabstar and Mr Anderson and his bike were pushed 30m along the road in front of the truck.

Passers-by rushed to Mr Anderson’s aid but he died at the scene on August 25, 2019.

Earlier this month, Fernie was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a trial and on Thursday, he was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

He has also been banned from driving for six years and four months.

Fernie will be required to sit an extended test before he can drive again.

Judge Lord Weir said that in determining the seriousness of the offence he took account of evidence at Fernie’s trial that the collision occurred on a straight stretch of road, in light traffic and in fine weather.

He said that a vulnerable road user like Mr Anderson ought to have been “readily visible” to following vehicles.

Lord Weir said that victim impact statements prepared by immediate family of the victim were eloquent of the pain and loss they have suffered in the wake of the death.

He added: “No sentence I can pass can ever compensate for the loss of a loved one.”

David Green, procurator fiscal for homicide and major crime said: “Adam Fernie’s dangerous driving had terrible consequences, taking Iain Anderson’s life and leaving his family without a husband, father and grandfather.

“Our thoughts are with his family during what must be a very difficult time for them.

“This case highlights the potential repercussions of dangerous driving and the great harm it can cause.

“It is thanks to a thorough investigation by the dedicated Road Traffic Investigation Unit that this conviction and sentence has been secured.”

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