Lee Cahill the seventeen-year-old who hit and killed cyclist Rob Jefferies on May 26 this year, has pleaded guilty to causing ‘death by careless driving’. Jeffries was an inspirational fixture on the cycling scene, a member of Poole Wheelers CC and working closely with British Cycling as a volunteer co-ordinator in addition to being an impressive track and time trial competitor. He was hit from behind by Cahill on the A351 near Wareham, Dorset whilst out training for the evening with friends.
Cahill had only passed his test in January of this year and had already been convicted of speeding the month before the fatal accident. Leigh Day & Co, the solicitors representing Jefferies widow said: ‘The real tragedy here is the sheer waste of life and what could have been. Not only losing the huge impact Rob had yet to make on his family but also his impact on so many others who he would have led and guided.’
Cahill has been banned from driving and awaits his sentence, which will be passed down on January 12.