Lorry driver jailed over death of two charity cyclists on A30

Lorry driver jailed over death of two charity cyclists on A30

Lorry driver jailed over death of two charity cyclists on A30

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A lorry driver haqs been jailed for eight and a half years over the death of two high-flying charity cyclists on the A30 in July 2013.

Robert Wayne Palmer was today, September 1, sentenced at Truro Crown Court to eight and a half years in prison after admitting dangerous driving.

He had previosuly appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday 27 June where he entered guilty pleas to causing the deaths of Toby Jak Wallace and Andrew Scott McMenigall by dangerous driving.

He further pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving resulting in serious injuries to another driver on 21 September 2013 in a road traffic collision on the A30 near Whiddon Down, Okehampton, Devon, whilst he was on bail for the fatal collisions.

On both occasions he was driving a heavy goods vehicle.

Toby Wallace and Andrew McMenigall were tragically killed in a road traffic collision on July 2, while they were cycling along the A30 Road near Summercourt, Newquay, Cornwall to raise funds for the Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust.

Toby Wallace was born in England. He went to school in Southampton and studied at Cambridge University before working in London, Sydney and Philadelphia. He died aged 36.

At the time of his death he and his wife Claire lived in Philadelphia, in the United States.

Andrew McMenigall and his wife Anne lived in Edinburgh with their two children, Jennifer (15) and Lucy (12). He died aged 47.

Both Andrew and Toby were heavily involved with many charities and were also coaches and athletes in their individual sports.

Many awards, events and substantial charity funds have been raised in their names, including the building of two primary schools, The Toby Wallace School and The Andrew McMenigall School.

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