“If Michael Gledhill hadn’t used his car as a weapon, our dad would still be alive.”
That was the damning indictment from the family of veteran cyclist John Radford as they condemned the road rage incident which cost him his life.
Mr Radford’s daughters Emma Boyes and Helen Gorman spoke for the family as driver Gledhill was jailed.
They said: “Dad’s death was unnecessary and today’s outcome doesn’t change anything for us as a family.
“As a family we had to watch dad struggle and suffer on a journey that ended with the worst possible outcome.
“Eventually Mr Gledhill will return to his family and resume a normal family life. Sadly, we will never get our dad back and are only left with memories of a loving dad, granddad, husband and brother.
“We hope that today’s result will remind all drivers that road rage and impatience can end in death.
“We would like to thank the police for all their hard work, especially Paul Morrison, our family liaison officer, all dad’s friends and fellow cyclists, including the Cyclists Touring Club and their lawyers.
“The support from our friends and family over the last two-and-a-half years has given us the strength to continue, thank you.”
Mr Radford was chairman of the CTC’s Huddersfield branch.