Woman charged with causing death of teenage cyclist
A WOMAN has been charged with killing a teenage cyclist who was knocked from his bike on a country road.
The 67-year-old woman is accused of being over the drink-drive limit when she hit Sam Brown, 15, as he cycled along the B1230 Hull Road at Eastrington.
He later died in hospital.
Sam, a pupil at Howden School and Technology School, was described as a "cheeky, happy" boy who was "always smiling".
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The woman has been charged with causing death by careless driving while over the limit for alcohol, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to report a collision.
Humberside Police said the charges followed a "lengthy investigation" into the circumstances of the crash.
Humberside Police have not released the name of the driver but she is from Knedlington, near Howden.
Sam's friend, Luke Wheel, who was cycling alongside him, was also hit and suffered several broken bones.
At Sam's funeral, school headteacher Garry Garghan said his smile "lit up the school".
He said: "Like everyone who knew Sam, we are all pretty much in shock that we are not going to see him around school wearing that cheesy grin that was pretty much always on his face.
"Sam loved school. He didn't always like lessons, but he loved school.
"He was always talking to his friends, staff and other students with that big grin on his face.
"He lit up the place with his winning smile and wicked sense of humour.
"He possessed that rare gift of genuine charm. He was a happy-go-lucky, friendly person, an honest, nice lad.
"He could also be a modest, shy person, and didn't talk much about the things he was good at."
The boys had been cycling to their homes in Gilberdyke after visiting friends in Howden when the accident happened close to the Rose and Crown pub at 8.50pm on September 6.
After the accident, Sam's friends and local residents campaigned for a cycle path to be introduced on the road.
East Riding Council organised a group, the B1230 Howden to North Cave Corridor Safety Strategy, to examine what improvements could be made.
The driver will appear at Beverley Magistrates' Court later this month.