Man pleads guilty to causing death by careless driving following fatality in Hithcam

A 52-year-old man from East London has admitted causing death by careless driving, in connection with a fatal road traffic collision in Hitcham which occurred 15 months ago.

Officers were called at around 1pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, to reports that a cyclist had been struck by a vehicle which failed to stop on the B1115 Finborough Road.

The cyclist, 72-year-old Colin Taylor, from Hitcham, sadly died at the scene.

Following police enquiries a white DAF lorry with “I’M HERE” written in dirt on the back was identified as the vehicle involved and efforts were then made to trace the driver.

Mark Tuffs, of Alibon Road, Dagenham, was subsequently found to have been driving the vehicle that day and was arrested and interviewed by police on December 6, 2016.

Following further investigation, he was summonsed to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court in June last year, charged with causing death by careless driving and failing to stop after a road accident.

Tuffs initially denied the charges and appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday, February 26, for the beginning of a trial. However, he has now pleaded guilty to both offences and will appear before the Crown Court again on Monday, March 26, when he will be sentenced.

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