Driver admits causing fatal collision on Ifield Roundabout in which cyclist ‘flew through the air’

The fatal collision happened on the Ifield Roundabout in Crawley. Picture: Google Maps/Google Streetview
The fatal collision happened on the Ifield Roundabout in Crawley. Picture: Google Maps/Google Streetview

A cyclist ‘flew through the air’ after being hit by an SUV in a fatal collision on Ifield Roundabout in Crawley, a court heard today.

Harrowing CCTV shown to a jury today showed the moment Paul Wise’s 4x4 struck and fatally injured 40-year-old John Edminson.

Wise had been on his way back from Tesco on August 28 last year – a bank holiday Monday – when the collision occurred.

Wise, 60, of Vanbrugh Close in Crawley, admits causing death by careless driving.

He denies causing death by dangerous driving, however, and is standing trial on that charge at Hove Crown Court.

Prosecutor Ryan Richter told the jury: “At about 4.15pm Mr Wise was driving his Toyota Land Cruiser in the Crawley area.

“He approached a roundabout on Pegler Way, the Ifield Roundabout.

“He did not stop at the junction but entered straight onto the roundabout.”

He told the court that Mr Edminson was pedalling his bike around the roundabout when he was hit by Mr Wise’s vehicle.

“Mr Wise collided with Mr Edminson, the force of which threw Mr Edminson some distance onto the ground.”

The court heard a statement from eyewitness Roger Aggleton.

He said: “I was minding my own business. The next thing I was aware of was a screaming noise.

“I have looked up in time to see a male flying through the air.”

The court heard that paramedics arrived at the scene within minutes but Mr Edminson sadly later died from the head injury he sustained in the collision.

In police interview Mr Wise claimed he had stopped before driving onto the roundabout and did not see any cyclists. This is disputed by the prosecution.

The prosecution said: “It is the prosecution’s case that Mr Wise’s driving at the time of the collision fell far below the required standard of a careful and competent driver.”

The trial continues.