Motorist to do unpaid work after fatal crash

Tommy Berry
Tommy Berry

A YOUNG motorist who caused the death of a popular Wigan cyclist has been ordered to complete 300 hours unpaid work.

Lifelong Latics fan, Tommy Berry, 56, suffered fatal injuries in the accident which happened as he cycled on Meadow Lane, Croston, towards the A59 on March 27 last year.

This week, Samuel Fawcett, 19, of Liverpool Road, Rufford, was banned from driving for two years after he was found guilty of causing death by driving without due care and attention.

Fawcett had claimed he was temporarily blinded by the low setting sun when the collision happened at 6.50pm.

However police accident investigators found that he continued to drive at 40mph for at least 160 metres.

It is understood he only stopped when his car struck Mr Berry, who was hit from behind by Fawcett’s black Fiat Punto.

A motorcyclist and passenger stopped to help but Mr Berry’s injuries were fatal.

Fawcett was found guilty at Lancaster Crown court earlier this month and was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday.

Mr Berry, a plumber, known affectionately as “Tommy”, was a staunch Wigan Athletic supporter, and his funeral was attended by Roberto Martinez and several players.

Only days before his death he was at Anfield to watch Latics’ historic 2-1 victory over Liverpool. He was also a well known amateur football coach in the Wigan area.

One friend, posting on a football forum said: “Great footballer, smashing lad, will be sadly missed.”

Another added: “A great lad and a good friend.”

He is survived by his wife Catherine and daughter Sarah, who raised cash for the Brake Charity, which aims to promote awareness of road safety.