Jailed for killing cyclist while high on cocaine

Chris Tindall
September 23, 2022

A tipper lorry driver in Oxford under the influence of cocaine and who caused a fatal road traffic collision that led to the death of a cyclist on a roundabout has been jailed for eight years.

Robert Whiting, 40, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of causing death by dangerous driving at a court hearing in August.

On 1 March this year, Oxford university scientist Dr Suet Ling Felce was cycling on The Plain roundabout in the city when she was hit by Whiting’s 32-tonne tipper truck.

She sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.

Whiting was arrested the same day and charged on 2 March.

Sergeant Dominic Mahon, senior investigating officer of the serious collision investigation unit, said: “Mr Whiting made a deliberate choice that day to drive a 32-tonne tipper lorry which he was not licensed or trained to drive, while still under the influence of the cocaine he had taken the night before.

“He completely failed to see Dr Felce, who was clearly visible ahead of him for at least 400 metres.

“Tragically his dangerous driving directly led to the completely avoidable death of Dr Felce.

“I hope the significant sentence imposed today will act as a warning to other drivers who believe the rules of the road do not apply to them.”

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Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and has covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning and Brexit.

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