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Man pleads guilty to causing death by careless driving

Geoff Davis Credit: Mr Davis' family

Carlisle Crown Court has heard that a cyclist was killed because a car driver simply failed to see him as he rode to work on a Cumbrian dual carriageway.

51 year old Geoff Davis died after he was hit by a car coming out of a sliproad onto the A590 at Levens near Kendal in November last year.

Mr Davis was a well known outdoor enthusiast and Evangelical church elder who lived in Windermere Road, Kendal.

The car driver 56-year-old David Dixon - pleaded guilty at Carlisle Crown Court to causing his death by careless driving.

Dixon, of Longlands Lane, Heysham, was remanded on bail for background reports and will be sentenced on September 13.

During the hearing the court heard how there was no suggestion that Dixon had been driving too fast.

Prosecuting counsel Arthur Gibson said:

"This is a case, quite simply, where the unfortunate victim was riding his bicycle properly, the bicycle was properly lit and he was wearing appropriate clothing,

"He was there to be seen - but Mr Dixon, for whatever reason, didn't see him."

Judge Peter Hughes QC praised all those involved in the case for their "responsible and realistic attitude".

He said: "These are always tragic and very difficult cases indeed and I am grateful to everybody for not adding to the distress."