Lorry driver admits causing death of cyclist in Gainsborough club event on the A1
A lorry driver has admitted causing the death of a cyclist who was taking part in a Gainsborough club event.
Nigel Drake, 43, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to causing the death of Andrew Ridsdale by careless driving on March 18 last year.
The crash involving an HGV being driven by Drake happened on the A1 between Ranby and Blyth in Nottinghamshire on Mother’s Day 2012.
Mr Ridsdale, 43, from Mirfield in West Yorkshire, was the fourth out of 44 starters in an open 10-mile time trial organised by Trent Valley Road Club along the dual carriageway.
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He died at the scene and the Sunday morning event was immediately abandoned.
The court was told Drake was a man of good character and references were put before Judge Michael Stokes, the recorder of Nottingham.
Drake was bailed until his sentencing on Monday, April 8.
The judge told him he was a “perfectly decent human being” and what happened was a tragedy.
Judge Stokes disqualified Drake, of Low Street, Carlton, Goole, from driving with immediate effect.