Van driver who killed cyclist is jailed: Victim was thrown 30m down the road

A man who knocked a cyclist off his bike on a rural Fife road and killed him has been jailed.

Thursday, 31st March 2022, 4:00 pm
The van's windscreen was smashed in the incident.

Adam Fernie, 80, failed to see Iain Anderson, 66 - who was cycling on the B937 near Ladybank in Fife – and hit him with his truck.

The collision smashed the windscreen of the Nissan Cabstar and Mr Anderson along with his bike were pushed 30m along the road in front of the truck.

Passers-by went to Mr Anderson’s aid but unfortunately he died at the scene on 25 August 2019.

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Iain Anderson's bike after the incident.

Earlier this month, Fernie was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a trial and on Thursday he was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

He has also been banned from driving for six years and four months. Fernie will be required to sit an extended test before he can drive again.

Today tributes were paid to the investigating team which helped to secure a conviction in the case.

David Green, Procurator Fiscal for Homicide and Major Crime said: “Adam Fernie’s dangerous driving had terrible consequences, taking Iain Anderson’s life and leaving his family without a husband, father and grandfather. Our thoughts are with his family during what must be a very difficult time for them.

“This case highlights the potential repercussions of dangerous driving and the great harm it can cause.

“It is thanks to a thorough investigation by the dedicated Road Traffic Investigation Unit that this conviction and sentence has been secured.”