Lorry driver admits killing cyclists


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A lorry driver has admitted causing death by dangerous driving after striking two cyclists who were on a charity bike ride.

Dads Andrew McMenigall and Toby Wallace were killed when they were hit by an articulated lorry on the A30 near Newquay, Cornwall, while raising money by riding from Land's End to John O'Groats last July.

Driver Robert Palmer, 32, pleaded guilty to three charges at Truro Crown Court. The first two were for causing the death of the two cyclists by dangerous driving and the third for a separate incident of dangerous driving in another articulated lorry on the A30 near Whiddon Down, Devon, 11 weeks after the fatal collision.

Palmer, a Cornwall local, was bailed to appear in court for sentencing at a later date.

The two bike riders had been raising money for the Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust, which has been named after a mutual colleague of the pair who had recently lost her fight to cancer.

They had hoped to raise £10,000 but after the tragic collision the amount rose to £50,000 thanks to a deluge of donations.

The cyclists' families praised the actions of both the emergency services and members of the public in the wake of the collision.

They said: "Members of the public were there when the accident happened and did everything they could to help. The emergency services were at the scene within minutes and did a valiant job," reported the Edinburgh Evening News.

"It must have been tremendously upsetting for the witnesses and the emergency services."