Motorist spared jail for knocking down mum who died ‘doing what she loved’

A keen cyclist was out “doing what she loved” when she was “inexplicably” knocked off her bike and killed by a Range Rover driver who has been spared jail.

Louise Harrott, 43, from Dukinfield, was riding along Huddersfield Road in Oldham when a black Range Rover turned across her path as it turned onto Stamford Road, reported the Manchester Evening News.

She was hit, and despite wearing a helmet, suffered “major” injuries that sadly proved fatal.

Patricia Goulden, 52, the driver of the Range Rover, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Manchester Magistrates Court and was ordered to do unpaid work after being spared jail.

“The consequences of your actions will remain with Louise’s family and friends forever,” District Judge Mark Hadfield told Goulden.

“Of course you will have to live with the consequences of your actions.

“This tragic accident was caused by a lapse of concentration by you. However there is no explanation or reason why you failed to see Louise.”

Ms Harrott’s devastated mum Doreen McGivern spoke of her grief at losing her eldest child and ‘best friend’, who leaves behind a 17-year-old son.

She was a dedicated cyclist and was a member of the Saddleworth Clarion Cycling Club.

“My beautiful daughter Louise died doing the thing she loved,” her mum said.

“But no greater love had she than the love for her family. She was my rock. She was a daughter in a million.

“If I were to list all the loving and caring things she had done for us all in her short life, I would be reading this forever.”

She told how her daughter had a love for music and singing as a child, and attended the Oldham Theatre Workshop.

Law graduate Ms Harrott had worked at Manchester College, and the family business running Dukinfield hotel Barton Villa.

“Why is life so cruel?,” her mother asked.

Defending, Peter Grogan said Goulden has a “deep sense of remorse” over what happened on Wednesday, March 24 last year.

He said the defendant, who now lives in North Wales, had displayed a “momentary lapse of concentration” and described the incident as “inexplicable”.

She has been driving for 30 years and other than three penalty points when she was aged 21, has had a clean record, Mr Grogan said.

The judge accepted her remorse was genuine and described Goulden as being of “positive good character”, having no previous convictions. He sentenced her to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

Goulden, of Fron Park Road, Holywell, North Wales, was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for two years.