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Driver sentenced for causing death of cyclist

Kate Burge competing in a fell running event, picture courtesy Murray Lambden

Sulby woman handed 18 month suspended jail term

A woman from Sulby has been handed a suspended prison sentence for causing a road accident which cost the life of Island cyclist Kate Burge.

Sixty-three-year-old Linda Thompson had earlier admitted a charge of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving, and appeared before Deemster Montgomerie at Douglas courthouse for sentencing today (22 July).

Thompson, at the time of the accident licensee of the Ginger Hall pub in Sulby, was  driving a Range Rover Sport when she hit 41 year-old physiotherapist Kathryn Burge on Main Road in Kirk Michael on 4 August last year.

Ms Burge, who was cycling with friends in the same direction as the vehicle which hit her, died from chest and spinal injuries.

Thompson was given an 18-month custodial sentence suspended for two years and banned from driving for three years.

She was ordered to pay £500 towards prosecution costs and a fine will be imposed at a later date. 

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