Cyclist’s death: drivers ‘blinded by the sun’

Family photo: North Wales Police

Two men who admitted causing the death of a cyclist by careless driving have been given suspended jail sentences.

Robert Idris Llewellyn was killed after he was caught up in a two vehicle crash in Trefor near Bodedern in April last year.

Both Tomos Williams (33) of Llanfwrog, near Holyhead, and Kevin Woods (63) of Amlwch pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention earlier this month, before they were due to stand at Caernarfon Crown Court. The men had been charged originally with causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Llewellyn, known as Bob, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash involving a Ford Transit van driven by Williams and a Skoda Octavia driven by Woods on the B5109.

In an impact statement, Mr Llewellyn’s wife, Christine, said she felt anxious without the presence of his husband for nearly fifty years – but felt custody for the drivers would not be appropriate.

Both Williams and Woods were given 12 month sentences suspended for a year, a 16-month driving ban and 250 hours of community service.

After sentencing on Thursday, North Wales Police said drivers needed to be more aware of their responsibilities and take extra care with cyclists becoming more prevalent on the roads.

PC Arwyn Phillips from the Roads Policing Unit said: ”The manner of driving of Williams and Woods has left a family without a beloved husband, father, grandfather and a friend to many, and our thoughts and sympathies very much remain with Mr Llewellyn’s family at this time.”

”In this case, both motorists were blinded by the sun for a significant amount of time so we would also like to emphasise that the sun can impact on visibility and motorists need to take appropriate action in either slowing down or if necessary, be able to stop within the distance that they can see to be clear.”