Taxi driver faces SDR death crash trial

FATAL COLLISION: Police at the site of the incident

FATAL COLLISION: Police at the site of the incident

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A TAXI driver is to stand trial charged with causing the death of a cyclist by careless or inconsiderate driving.

David Gwillym Johnston, 61, of Feering Street, Newport, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday, where he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Argus previously reported that Newport dad Andrew Leonard Chick, 40, died after a collision with a black Volkswagen car on the Southern Distributor Road at the junction with Usk Way on August 8 last year.

Mr Chick was cycling to work when the crash happened at around 7.50am. He was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, but died later that day.

Johnston is due to stand trial on April 29.

Mr Chick’s devastated children, Bethan and Benn, said their world “fell apart” the day they were told their father had died.

In a previous statement from the family, released through police, Mr Chick was said to have moved to Newport in his twenties and had a well-paid job as a driver’smate, which he enjoyed as it allowed him to travel around South Wales and south-west England.

He was described as quiet and someone who kept himself to himself, but was a hard worker who was well respected by his colleagues and family.

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