Pain of his death with us always, says family
THE family of a cyclist killed in a collision with a West Kingsdown motorist said they will be "suffering for the rest of our lives".
Peter Stubbs died after his bicycle was hit by a car driven by Charlie Willbourne of Hever Avenue on May 4 last year.
Miss Willbourne, who is now heavily pregnant, denied causing Mr Stubbs' death at Wrotham Hill on the A20 through dangerous driving, claiming she had been dazzled by the sun before she hit the 58-year-old.
After juries in two separate trials at Maidstone Crown Court failed to reach a verdict, it was decided not to proceed with a third trial.
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Mr Stubbs' daughter, Kate Warne, has blasted the court's decision. She said: "To completely describe the impact that dad's death has had on our family life is impossible.
"We'll be suffering every day for the rest of our lives because of it.
"The current system is allowing drivers to drive a tonne or more of metal at inappropriate speeds for the road conditions.
"My dad truly was the kindest, most loving and selfless person you could ever meet. He was an extremely experienced lifelong cyclist and was just doing something that he loved.
"We will always carry that lasting impression of being beside my dad's devastated body as he fought for his life in intensive care.
"We never got the chance to say goodbye or how much we loved him."