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Community service for the man who caused the death of RAF Cranwell officer

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A driver has been sentenced after knocking an RAF officer off his bike, killing him.

Barrie John Doherty, of Welbourn, died after the BMW driven by Michael Bohan collided with his bicycle.

Mr Doherty, an officer based at RAF College Cranwell, was cycling through Leadenham just before 5.25pm on Monday, January 7, 2019.

RAF officer Barrie John Doherty. (30306203)
RAF officer Barrie John Doherty. (30306203)

The 43-year-old was riding along the A607 – wearing hi vis clothing and with his bike lights on – in the general direction of Lincoln, when the front offside of the BMW collided with his right side.

Bohan, 38, had left his place of work and was on his way to Collingham to collect his daughter from the train station.

It was when he turned right into a minor slip road , across the path of Mr Doherty, that the collision happened.

He was injured and died later the same day at Queen's Medical Centre, in Nottingham.

During the investigation it was revealed that Bohan was on the phone to his daughter. He was using earphones which connected to his phone via Bluetooth, and the phone was secured via a magnet to a holder placed in the air vents of the vehicle.

Andrew Parker, of the serious collision investigation unit at Lincolnshire Police, said: “There is no substitute for being completely focussed and paying proper attention when driving. On this occasion, tragically, Barrie John Doherty lost his life due to the actions of Michael Bohan. There is no second chance.

“Wearing earphones and using a mobile phone while driving distracts a driver from paying full attention to the road and other road users.”

Bohan, of Wetherby Crescent, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to an offence of causing death by careless driving at Lincoln Crown Court on February 27. Yesterday (Tuesday), he was sentenced to a 12-month community order, 300 hours' unpaid work, an electronic curfew for four months and was disqualified from driving for one year.

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