Inquest into 2016 death of cyclist postponed to await sentence of van driver

PUBLISHED: 10:35 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 09 July 2018

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A coroner will wait the outcome of criminal proceedings before deciding whether to hold an inquest into the death of a cyclist at Bawsey near King’s Lynn.

A review was held this morning into the death of 35-year-old Darren Orpwood, who was killed in a collision with a Ford transit van on the on the B1145 Gayton Road on October 12, 2016 at about 6.30am.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake told Norfolk Coroner’s Court “criminal proceedings have been underway” and adjourned the inquest until July 30 for a paper review.

Sam McDonald, 23, of Rawhall Lane, Bittering, Dereham, was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving following a trial at Norwich Crown Court. McDonald had denied the offence but admitted causing death by careless driving.

Judge Stephen Holt adjourned sentence until July 20 for reports and said that in tragic cases like this there were no winners.

He granted McDonald bail but said: “Inevitably it is going to be a prison sentence.”

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