Police have contacted the Crown Prosection Service about possible new charges after a veteran cyclist critically injured in an incident in Huddersfield died.

And the case may now be referred to the Attorney General.

Cycling champion John Radford was left with severe brain damage after coming off his bike in Huddersfield Road between New Mill and Brockholes in July last year.

The father-of-two was treated at Leeds General Infirmary before being transferred to a specialist neurological rehabilitation centre in York.

He was discharged recently as his condition deteriorated and returned to his Meltham home. He died last Tuesday night with wife Pat and daughters Emma Boyes and Helen Gorman by his bedside.

Driver Michael Gledhill, 23, of Bramble Walk, Holmfirth, was unanimously found guilty by a jury of causing serious injury by dangerous driving during a recent trial at Leeds Crown Court.

He had denied the charge but police found flakes of paint from the bumper of his Vauxhall Corsa on a spoke cap from the bike, proving contact.

Leeds Crown Court heard that “words were exchanged” between Gledhill and Mr Radford, and the cyclist rode off followed by the car.

Gledhill denied the prosecution’s claim he got into a bit of a “road rage mood”.

Gledhill was warned to expect prison and was due to be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on November 25, on what would have been Mr Radford’s 71st birthday.

But now senior detectives are in contact with the CPS over a possible new charge. One possibility could be the more serious one of causing death by dangerous driving.

Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Mark Milsom said: “We are saddened to hear the news of John Radford’s death. Our thoughts are with his family and we will continue to support them.

“The driver convicted in respect of the collision in which John was seriously injured is presently awaiting sentencing at the Crown Court on November 25.

“We have therefore immediately raised the matter with the Crown Prosecution service to enable them to refer the case to the Attorney General who is responsible for considering further proceedings in such circumstances.”

After Mr Radford was seriously injured, a number of cycle rides too place in and around Huddersfield to show support for him. You can see more images from those by clicking below.

 

Mirfield councillor Martyn Bolt, who is a friend of the Radford family, said: “Throughout the whole sad process of this case West Yorkshire Police have performed in a highly professional and diligent manner and it will be absolutely right for them to pursue any and all legal avenues.”

Mr Radford was chairman of cycling group Huddersfield CTC and a Yorkshire regional representative on the organisation’s national council.