Hatfield businessman’s family slam killer’s sentence

A JUDGE who let a pregnant killer driver walk free from court has been slammed by her victim’s family.

Conny Lush’s husband Kenny was knocked down by driver Debra Kelly on the A414 in May last year.

But last week Mrs Lush sat in the public gallery as Judge Andrew Bright ordered a suspended jail term, because Kelly was pregnant.

Speaking of their anger and complete devastation – in a statement issued through their solicitors – the Lush family said Mr Lush’s four children had been robbed of their loving father and his wife a loving husband.

At the time of the accident, 47-year-old Mr Lush, who ran a family business in Hatfield, was cycling home to his family in Ware.

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He was an experienced cyclist, was wearing bright clothing and reflective equipment.

Kelly, 38, of Tubbs Croft, WGC, who admitted drinking a large glass of wine before driving, hit Mr Lush from behind, flipped her Ford Fiesta and left the scene, only handing herself in to police seven hours later.

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Widow Conny said: “We’re devastated by the lenient sentence given by the judge.

“Leaving the scene of a road traffic accident should be considered as heinous and dangerous a crime as drinking, taking drugs or using a mobile phone when driving.

“It should be placed in the highest category for sentencing and should have merited an immediate custodial sentence.

“Our lives will never be the same again.”

Debra Rolfe, from CTC, the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation, said: “Hitting a cyclist from behind in clear conditions should attract far more than an 18-month driving ban.

“The courts have once again sent out all the wrong signals by showing more sympathy to the driver than to the bereaved family of a cyclist.”

Kelly was given a 24-week jail sentence, suspended for two years for causing death by careless driving, ordered to pay �2,500 costs and do 240 hours community service.

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