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Lorry driver spared jail for London cyclist death after husband's plea

Claire Hitier-Abadie Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Claire Hitier-Abadie, 36, originally born in France, was a mother of two children

A lorry driver who killed a cyclist in London has avoided prison after the woman's husband asked the judge not to jail him.

Mother-of-two Claire Hitier-Abadie, 36, was killed instantly when Alan Warwick failed to indicate left at a busy junction in Victoria, central London.

Warwick, 61, had previously tearfully apologised to her husband Pierre Abadie, the court heard.

He was sentenced to 160 hours unpaid work and handed a driving ban.

French-born Mrs Hitier-Abadie was set to catch a train from Victoria station to start a new job when she was crushed to death in February last year.

Warwick was distracted as he tidied the cab of his tipper truck during the morning rush-hour, Southwark Crown Court heard.

'Visible and obvious'

Mrs Hitier-Abadie died when the lorry turned at the junction of Bressenden Place and Victoria Street.

Prosecutor Ian Paton, said: "She was visible and obvious, her coat was billowing behind her as she moved, she was bare-legged."

Referring to a pre-sentence report, Mr Paton said: "It was a sustained period of inattention in circumstances that were ripe for the disaster that duly unfolded."

Image caption Mrs Hitier-Abadie died at the scene next to the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Warwick, of Rayleigh, Essex, admitted one count of causing death by careless driving and was given a 160-hour community order and banned from driving for a year.

Judge Peter Testar said: "A period of inadvertence took away one life and ravaged many more.

"I am comforted in the conclusion that I have reached that a non-custodial sentence is the correct one, by my knowledge that it is the one that Mr Abadie wanted me to reach."

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