Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire woman sentenced for causing cyclist's death

William Houghton Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT
Image caption William Houghton wanted to become a professional cyclist

A woman has admitted causing the death of a cyclist in a crash in Hampshire.

Will Houghton, 20, of Buckinghamshire, died two days after he was knocked off his bike in Wickham on 28 January.

Jeanette Smith, 69, who pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, was sentenced by Portsmouth magistrates to complete 60 hours of community work.

Mr Houghton, a member of the Amersham Road Cycling Club, was described by his parents Liz and Richard as "handsome, motivated and fun".

They said in a statement: "His new racing bike, delivered two weeks after he was killed, will never be ridden and we will never know if he would have achieved his driving ambition to be a professional cyclist.

"While the 20 years he spent with us were far too short, we are grateful that he lived them to the full and left us all with happy memories and a belief that we should all strive to be the very best version of ourselves we can be."

Magistrates heard how Smith, of Little Corner, Denmead, Hampshire, was driving a Citroen C3 when she knocked Mr Houghton off his bike on the A32.

She was disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a total of £165 in costs and fines.

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