Northern Ireland

Man on trial for cyclist death

A man has gone on trial in Antrim accused of killing a top Irish road cyclist by dangerous driving as he rushed to catch a plane.

Michael Croome, who is 28 and from Liverpool, is alleged to have hit 46-year-old David McCall in August 2008.

A Commonwealth Games medallist, Mr McCall was taking part in a race on the Belfast Road, close to Nutts Corner.

The court heard that the victim had swerved to avoid a dog before being struck by the car.

A prosecuting lawyer said the defendant had been driving too fast and too close to the cyclists before trying to overtake them.

He said the accident could have been avoided if he had given proper distance and room to the group.

The trial continues.