Drivers who killed cyclist in road race jailed

Two motorists who killed a cyclist while running down a road and then blamed each other have been jailed.

Graham Pattison, 49, of Hartlepool, was thrown 40m into the air after being knocked off his bike while cycling on the A689 near Sedgefield, County Durham on July 24, 2020 .

Judge Jonathan Carroll said the married father-of-two did nothing wrong when he was hit by the Ford Fiesta of 24-year-old Paige Robinson.

She had been distracted by an ongoing road rage incident with former army officer David Ferry, 47, and was trying to undertake her Audi TT when she drove into the back of Mr Pattison at around 70mph, Teesside Crown Court heard.

They both denied a charge of causing death by dangerous driving, but were found guilty after a trial in which the prosecution said each defendant was equally responsible.

Robinson, from Billingham, sobbed through the sentencing as she was jailed for seven years and nine months on Wednesday, while Ferry, from Redcar, was sentenced to eight years because he failed to stop on places.

Pattison’s widow, Victoria, said she lost her 30-year-old soul mate and their two daughters a loving father.

In court, she said: “This kind of loss doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to anyone.

“Please remember this when you get behind the wheel of your car.”

Judge Carroll said Pattison and his family had been deprived of a future together “because of this senseless, unnecessary and appalling dangerous driving”.

Former army officer David Ferry did not stop at the scene after cyclist Graham Pattison was hit and later told police he was unaware there had been a collision.

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It started a few miles before the collision when Robinson, distracted and singing along to music, accidentally repeatedly cut in front of Ferry, the court heard.

Annoyed, Ferry finally passed her after the two pilots tried to “get the better of the other”, the judge said.

Robinson was encouraged by her boyfriend, who was not in the dock but expected to share some culpability in the tragedy, the judge said.

A short distance later, Robinson caught up and was determined to pass Ferry, chasing him, while he tested her under braking.

She attempted to undertake Ferry, who swerved towards her, moments before crashing into Pattison, causing catastrophic injuries.

Ferry drove home and told police he was unaware there had been a collision, a claim denied by the judge.

Paige Robinson, 24, was encouraged by her boyfriend, who should share some guilt, a judge has heard

(Cleveland Police)

Martin Sharpe, for Robinson, said the former carer, from Billingham, was deeply remorseful.

He said: “Her life has been a nightmare and she must take full responsibility for what she has done.”

Dan Cordey, for Ferry, said he was previously of exemplary character, adding: “He is horrified, in his own words, and heartbroken by what has happened.”

The judge banned the two drivers from driving to cover their prison sentence and the period of any early release.

Outside court, Cleveland Police Sergeant Catherine Iley said: ‘The offenders blamed each other for the collision which took the life of Mr Pattison, but as the court heard, they drove with total disregard for other road users.

“Their selfish actions had catastrophic consequences.”

Pattison’s family previously described him as a “very charming husband, father and son”.

“We are in shock over his loss and our lives will never be the same without him,” they said.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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