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Bath man jailed for hit and run cyclist death

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Image caption Jake Gilmore was treated for serious head injuries but died two days later

A man who admitted killing a teenage cyclist in Bath in a hit and run has been jailed for a total of three years.

Jake Gilmore, 19, a chef from Oldfield Park, was found by a passer-by on Midland Bridge Road on 16 November.

He was treated at the Royal United Hospital for serious head injuries but died two days later.

Raymond Isherwood, 53, of Bennett Street, Bath, admitted causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared at Bristol Crown Court.

He had also pleaded guilty to failing to stop after an accident, failing to surrender to police bail, perverting the course of justice by not parking his car at his home address and concealing damage to it, and producing cannabis.

Judge Michael Roach told Isherwood he had allowed himself to be seriously distracted.

'Never-ending torture'

"It was a dreadful piece of driving, made worse by a failure to stop," the judge said.

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Image caption The judge told Raymond Isherwood 'it was a dreadful piece of driving, made worse by a failure to stop"

"You left the scene with no thought for the person you struck, you thought only for yourself and attempted to hide the car.

"Jake Gilmore was in the prime of his life, a much loved son and brother."

Jake's parents, Toby and Sue, said the loss of their son "so suddenly and pointlessly" was the worst thing that could happen to them and they urged motorists to take more care.

"Jake was not the only cyclist to die on Britain's roads last year, and this year's total is creeping up at the same rate as all other years," they said.

"It is ghastly for us to know that there are families all over the country waking up to the same never-ending torture that we have to endure, every day.

"So, as a family that cycles, we would like to take this moment to urge all road users to take more care, to pay attention, to slow down, to think."

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