A motorist was today jailed for causing the death of a veteran Huddersfield cyclist.
Former soldier Michael Gledhill, of Holmfirth, was given a sentence of four years and eight months by a judge at Leeds Crown Court.
He had earlier admitted causing the death of cyclist John Radford by dangerous driving.
Mr Radford’s family and friends were in court to see the sentencing.
Gledhill had stood trial and was convicted in October last year of causing serious injury to Mr Radford on July 31 the previous year, when he was alleged to have knocked him off his bike in Huddersfield Road, New Mill, in a road rage incident.
But before he could be sentenced on that charge Mr Radford died on November 5 last year.
A decision was made to charge Gledhill with the more serious charge of causing his death.
The 24-year-old of Bramble Bank, Holmfirth, pleaded guilty at court last November..
Judge Christopher Batty said he accepted the incident was begun by Gledhill, unhappy about the cyclist’s position in the road but then involved both men losing their temper.
Mr Radford, 70, from Meltham, was a keen cyclist who was on his way home when Gledhill drove up behind him on the A616 between New Mill and Brockholes.
After Gledhill beeped his horn at the pensioner a witness described seeing the two of them exchanging words through the driver’s side window.
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