Teenager jailed for killing Cumbrian teacher in crash

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Louise Stoddart was cycling with two other women

A teenager who killed a female cyclist when he lost control of his van in a Cumbrian town has been jailed for five years.

Matthew Lowther, 19, of McAllister Way, Dumfries, was found guilty of causing the death by dangerous driving of teacher Louise Stoddart, 42.

Ms Stoddart had been cycling with two other women at the time of the crash in Inglewood Road, Penrith, in June 2009.

Lowther will serve his sentence at a Young Offenders Institution.

He was also banned from driving for five years.

He had claimed the crash might have been caused by him hitting a pothole.

Cumbria Police senior investigating officer Sgt Graeme Hodgson said: "Louise was greatly loved and a very popular member of staff at Ullswater School.

"If any good is to come out of this tragic case then I hope it serves to remind motorists of the serious consequences of driving dangerously."

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