22 Feb 2012

Motorist convicted over death of cyclist

6:05 pm on 22 February 2012

The lawyer representing a motorist convicted for killing a cyclist says his client's momentary act of carelessness has had devastating consequences.

Yvonne Van Roy has been convicted of careless driving causing the death of Benjamin Lawless in a collision in the Wellington suburb of Karori in January 2011.

She was disqualified from driving for nine months and ordered to pay the victim's family $37,000.

Van Roy's lawyer, John Miller, says no speeding or drink driving was involved, and she was only careless for a short time, which unfortunately had devastating consequences.

Mr Miller says Van Roy has taken out a bank loan for the reparation which was paid out Wednesday.

He says she has tried to meet the family to apologise to them, which has been met with some resistance.