Widow accepts £200,000 compensation for fatal crash

Basil Clarke who was killed while cycling on the A1. Photo: Stamford Mercury
Basil Clarke who was killed while cycling on the A1. Photo: Stamford Mercury
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A WIDOW has accepted more than £200,000 in compensation after her husband was killed by a lorry while cycling on the A1.

Jane Clarke, of Ketton, agreed to settle the case two weeks before it was due to go to court.

Her huband Basil Clarke, who was an experienced cyclist, was knocked from his bike while cycling along the southbound carriageway of the A1 at Tickencote in September 2009.

After two days in intensive care he died of injuries to his abdomen and chest.

Lorry driver Karel Sedivy, of the Czech Republic, was convicted at Leicester Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mrs Clarke has since appealed for lorry drivers to improve their road awareness after Sedivy served less than six months of his 16-month sentence.

She said: “This settlement won’t even come close to making up for losing Bas. He was such a big character and a friend to so many people – we miss him every single day.

“Cycling was his passion. He’d been a member of various cycling clubs for 50 years and was incredibly fit for a man of 65.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Bas had excellent road sense, he cycled on the A1 every week for years. All I ever really wanted was an apology from the driver of the HGV but, despite being given the opportunity to say sorry, he never has.”

Basil had retired from his career as a self-employed stonemason one month prior to his death. He was well known in the area and was one of the country’s biggest water-fowl breeders.

Mrs Clarke’s solicitor, Jonathan Reid, of Russell Jones & Walker, said: “The settlement finally draws to a close what has undoubtedly been a devastating time for Bas’s family.

“We work with many families whose loved ones have been killed or seriously injured and many find the prospect of reliving the tragedy in court almost too much to bear. When a family feels like this, we always try our best to keep cases out of the courts, while also ensuring those left behind receive a full and realistic settlement.

“Of course, no amount of money will ever bring Bas back, or go any way to filling the void that he has left, but hopefully it will provide his family with some financial security for the future.”