Lorry driver jailed for tragic death of young Wirksworth cyclist – aged just 25

Herbert Wyatt, 65, was driving a HGV lorry when he ploughed into Josephine Gilbert in January – killing her instantly. An investigating officer – who told how Wyatt was driving illegally after having his licence revoked – described Josephine’s death as “totally avoidable”. Driver Wyatt’s licence to drive lorries had been revoked 12 weeks before the fatal collision – however he kept that from his employer and was also uninsured at the time.

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Lorry driver jailed for tragic death of young Wirksworth cyclist – aged just 25Josephine died instantly when Wyatt’s HGV struck her

Wyatt was jailed for three years and nine months at Derby Crown Court yesterday (Friday).

He admitted causing death by dangerous driving as well causing death by driving a vehicle while uninsured and causing death by dangerous driving while unlicensed. The court heard how Josephine died instantly when Wyatt’s HGV struck her as she cycled near Markeaton Island, Derby, on January 21.

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Officer in the case DC Richard Marshall said: “This was an investigation into the tragic, unnecessary death of a young lady – aged just 25-years-old – who had the whole of her life to look forward too. “Josephine had set off that day on her road bike doing what she enjoyed – one of her big passions in her life.

“Not only was Josephine’s death totally avoidable but the driver of the lorry should not have been on the road. “No sentence any court in the land can pass is able to compensate the loss to her family and friends.” Wyatt, of Telford Way, Leicester, was disqualified from driving for five years and three months.

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Nancy Fielder, editor.