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Lorry driver charged with causing death of Carlisle cyclist

Mike Seminara

A man from Canonbie in Dumfriesshire has appeared before Carlisle Magistrates Court on Rickergate charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

The allegation is that Neil Gass,  46,  from Prior Avenue, Canobie, was driving a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) on Thursday March 29 of last year (2018) along the A689 Cargo roundabout on the Carlisle bypass.

Mike Seminara, 71,  was out cycling with a group of friends on a regular outing, when he was involved in a collision with an HGV, close to the Stainton and Cargo roundabout.

Mr Seminara was a keen cyclist and completed the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain, as well as the coast-to-coast route in England, he worked for the Metal Box factory in Carlisle for 30-years and he also worked in Jordon and Malaysia before returning to his home in Wetheral to retire.

During a short hearing Magistrates sent Mr Gass to Carlisle Crown Court as this case cannot be heard at the magistrates court, no-plea was required today and he will next appear there on August 23, he was granted unconditional bail until then.

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