'Record' compensation for family of killed Hatfield cyclist

PUBLISHED: 11:31 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:31 11 July 2013

Kenneth Lush

Kenneth Lush

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RECORD compensation has been awarded to the family of a Hatfield businessman who died after being knocked off his bike.

Kenny Lush, 47, was hit in May 2009 while cycling home from work on the A414 between Hatfield and Hertford.

The undisclosed sum will be paid out by insurers.

The father-of-four was hit by former WGC resident Debra Hearn, who fled the scene.

She later handed herself in and pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Hearn, who was known as Debra Kelly at the time, admitted drinking a large glass of wine before the accident, which saw her car flip.

Hearn was given a suspended prison sentence in 2010 because she was then heavily pregnant.

She also received an 18 month driving ban and was ordered to pay £2,500 costs.

Since then CTC national cycling charity and Slater & Gordon solicitors have worked with Mr Lush’s family to get compensation for his death through CTC’s insurance scheme.

Mr Lush’s mum Karin said: “No amount of money can ever bring my son back.

“We have lost a son, husband, father and brother and we don’t feel the driver responsible for killing him has been held accountable in any way.

“She will probably have no idea how much we have gone through and how our family have suffered financially as a result of her actions that night.

“She killed him and drove off, there is no way we will ever get over that, but it is some relief to know that his family and children will be looked after and have some degree of security even if they don’t have a father.”

Mr Lush ran the Great North Road-based Lush Heat Treatment Ltd, with his mother, after his father Denman stood down in 1987.

Liz Dux, lawyer, said: “I hope the significant settlement brings some sort of closure for the family and allows them to have some security for the future. But nothing can bring Kenny back.”

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