Man jailed for cyclist death

A Leek man has been jailed over the death of a Cheshire cyclist.


Chester Crown Court heard Steven Farrish, 49, from Gawsworth, was cycling home alone after a night out in Macclesfield with friends shortly after midnight on 21 October 2017.

He was wearing a high visibility garment and his bike was fitted with a flashing rear light.

As he was riding along London Road, Lyme Green, David Leather, driving an orange Ford Ranger, collided with him. Leather continued his journey leaving Steven with injuries which sadly proved fatal. 

Leather abandoned his car some distance away and picked it up later, before reporting to police that he may have collided with a deer. 

Extensive investigations showed that Leather had been drinking alcohol throughout the previous evening.

33-year-old Leather, of Warrington Drive,  pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

Today (7 January) has has been sentenced to six years and nine months in prison. He was also banned from driving for eight years.

PC Iain Condliffe said: “Leather left Steven dying in the road and immediately attempted to cover his tracks and then claim that he had collided with a deer. His actions were callous and calculating and he is now facing the consequences. 

“While this result will not bring Steven back, I hope it will help his family and friends in some way to come to terms with this terrible tragedy.”

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