Thursday 23 March 2017

Unlicensed driver admits causing death by dangerous driving of great-grandfather in hit-and-run

Claire Hayhurst

Tykeran Hamilton, 25, hit cyclist Alan Knight, 64, while driving a BMW 3 Series on Stroud Road in Gloucester on September 26 last year.
Tykeran Hamilton, 25, hit cyclist Alan Knight, 64, while driving a BMW 3 Series on Stroud Road in Gloucester on September 26 last year.

An unlicensed driver has admitted causing the death by dangerous driving of a great-grandfather in a hit-and-run.

Tykeran Hamilton, 25, hit cyclist Alan Knight, 64, while driving a BMW 3 Series on Stroud Road in Gloucester on September 26 last year.

Mr Knight, a former factory worker, had been delivering newspapers on his morning round - a hobby he had done for four years - at the time.

Hamilton, of Moor Street in Gloucester, drove away after the incident, which happened at 7am, and Mr Knight was pronounced dead at the scene.

The BMW was recovered nearby by police and Hamilton was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was due to stand trial at Bristol Crown Court today but entered guilty pleas to the charges against him before a jury was sworn.

Hamilton admitted causing death by dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and failing to stop after a road accident.

Judge Graham Cottle will sentence Hamilton for the offences later today.

"Those near and dear to the deceased have waited nine months to hear a plea of guilty," the judge told Hamilton.

Representing Hamilton, Joe Maloney said his client had struggled to come to terms with his guilt. "This is a man who has been in denial," he said.

Speaking after the incident, Mr Knight's family said he was a loving husband to wife Linda and father to children Alan, Daniel, Vickie and Kelly.

"The entire family are heartbroken about the death of Alan, a loving husband to Linda and much beloved father, pampy and great pampy," they said.

"He has been tragically taken from us very suddenly in a way that no-one could have foreseen, while cycling on his paper round, and doing what he loved to do.

"He relished this hobby which had kept him fit and active over the last four years.

"He was also the family 'handyman', enjoying nothing more than painting, decorating and maintaining all the family's houses, which gave him enormous pleasure.

"Seeing his work all around us gives us great comfort and will serve as a permanent reminder of his much-loved presence at the centre of his large extended family."

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