Lorry driver tells of moment he killed cyclist

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A LORRY driver told a jury of the moment he knocked into and killed a cyclist on the A19.

Paul Dove gave evidence at his trial at Teesside Crown Court, where he is accused of causing the death by careless driving of Christopher Griffiths, 50, on January 23 last year.

“I was coming around a long sweeping bend,” said the 54-year-old, of Aldwych Square, Farringdon. “I caught a flash of colour in my eye, by then I was on top of what I now know to be the cyclist.

“At the time I thought he was beside his bike, and I still think that now.

“He seemed distracted and I hit him.

“I heard the bang, like a metally sound, and then I could see an object in the mirror.”

Dove told the jury he braked as hard as he could.

“I slammed on the anchors. I kept the lorry between the white lines, stopped near to the side, jumped out of the cab and ran back.

“I went over to see if I could give him some aid.”

Dove said he has been lorry driving for 20 years, and has a clean licence.