Driver sentenced to jail after fatal collision in Lingfield
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A man has been sentenced to 14 months in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving after failing to stop at the scene of a collision.
Robert Chapman, 52 of Meadowside Park Lingfield was also disqualified from driving for 25 months, and ordered to do an extended retest when his ban is over.
Chapman was at the wheel of his Toyota Hilux on Lingfield Common Road on Sunday, 24 February 2019 when he collided with cyclist Simon Purcell, 68, from Lingfield. Mr Purcell was sadly pronounced dead at the scene, despite the efforts of medics and members of the public. Chapman drove away from the collision, but officers were able to locate and arrest him the next morning.
Investigating officer Stuart Bonner from Surrey Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This tragic incident shows how devastating the effects of careless driving can be. I have no doubt that the bright setting sun played a part in this collision. Roads users are reminded to slow down and if necessary stop, if you are dazzled by bright sunlight. In these conditions it is often not appropriate to drive at the maximum speed limit. Be prepared to adjust your speed as a precaution and be aware of other road users.
“I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Simon’s family and friends, I hope that those affected can now move on after this tragic incident.”