Lorry driver William Magee jailed for causing death of Barbara Phipps in A2 crash at Teynham

A driver who hit an elderly cyclist with his lorry, killing her instantly, has been jailed for three years. William Magee, 59, collided with 73-year-old Barbara Phipps after failing to look properly before pulling out across London Road in Teynham. Magee, of Readers Court in Chelmsford, Essex, admitted causing death by careless driving, and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court today.

William Magee. Picture Kent Police.

William Magee. Picture: Kent Police.

He was also disqualified from driving for five and a half years. The court heard how he had completed a delivery at a supermarket in London Road, near the junction with Lynsted Lane, shortly before the crash happened. Magee’s lorry was parked on the wrong side of the road facing oncoming traffic, meaning he would need to pull diagonally across the carriageway in order to reach the Sittingbourne-bound lane.

CCTV footage showed that Magee started moving before he began to indicate, and that Mrs Phipps was cycling alongside the lorry at the time.

Cyclist Barbara Phipps died in the accident.

Cyclist Barbara Phipps died in the accident. He continued his journey following the collision but was arrested at the M2 Medway services when his employers called to tell him an incident had happened and that he needed to pull over for the police. Officers from the serious collision investigation unit later carried out a reconstruction of what had happened and ruled that Magee should have been able to see Mrs Phipps if he had properly checked his mirrors.

His lorry was also fitted with a CCTV camera to help him check his blind spot, which he admitted he did not use.

Floral tributes left to Barbara Phipps at the scene of the accident

Floral tributes left to Barbara Phipps at the scene of the accident Sergeant Hannah Brown said: “All drivers have a duty of care to other road-users to drive carefully at all times, with large vehicles though, the sheer size and weight of their vehicles means that one wrong move can lead to tragedy. “William Magee had already broken the Highway Code by parking in the direction of oncoming traffic, but had he been more careful, and used the safety devices fitted to the vehicle before pulling out then this fatal collision simply would not have happened.

He will have this on his conscience for the rest of his life.

“I hope the sentencing result is of some small comfort to Mrs Phipps’ family, who have suffered a great deal.

Our thoughts remain with them as they continue to grieve for her.”

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