Avid cyclist Louise Harrott, 43, from Dukinfield, was cycling down Huddersfield Road in Oldham when she was thrown from her bike and killed by a Range Rover driven by Patricia Goulden
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A keen cyclist was out “doing what she loved” when she was “inexplicably” thrown off her bike and killed by a Range Rover driver who was spared jail.
She was hit and, despite wearing a helmet, suffered “severe” injuries, which unfortunately turned out to be fatal.
Patricia Goulden, 52, the Range Rover driver, pleaded guilty in Manchester Magistrates Court to causing death by negligent driving and was sentenced to unpaid labor after she was spared jail.
“The consequences of your actions will forever rest with Louise’s family and friends,” District Judge Mark Hadfield told Goulden.
“Of course you have to live with the consequences of your actions.
“This tragic accident was caused by your lack of concentration. However, there is no explanation or reason why you did not see Louise.”
Ms Harrott’s devastated mother Doreen McGivern spoke of her sadness at the loss of her eldest child and her “best friend”, leaving behind a 17-year-old son.
She was a dedicated cyclist and a member of the Saddleworth Clarion Cycling Club.
“My beautiful daughter Louise died doing what she loved,” said her mother.
“But she had no greater love than the love of her family. She was my rock. She was one daughter in a million.
“If I had to list all the loving and caring things she has done for all of us in her short life, I would read this forever.”
She shared how her daughter loved music and singing as a child and attended the Oldham Theater Workshop.
Mrs Harrott, a law graduate, had worked at Manchester College and in the family business which ran the Hotel Barton Villa in Dukinfield.
“Why is life so cruel?” her mother asked.
Peter Grogan defended himself, saying Goulden had a “deep sense of regret” over what happened on Wednesday March 24 last year.
He said the accused, who now lives in North Wales, showed a “temporary lack of concentration” and described the incident as “inexplicable”.
She has been racing for 30 years and apart from three penalty points at the age of 21 she has a clean record, said Mr Grogan.
The judge accepted that her remorse was genuine and described Goulden as “positively good character” with no prior convictions. He sentenced her to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.
Goulden, of Fron Park Road, Holywell, North Wales, was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for two years.
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