Iceland delivery driver who killed a cyclist on Christmas Eve jailed for three years 

Charity fundraiser David Power, 64, was knocked off his bicycle by Iceland van driver Lewis Smith (pictured), 24, after he 'took his eyes off the road' to check directions in Cwmbran, South Wales

Charity fundraiser David Power, 64, was knocked off his bicycle by Iceland van driver Lewis Smith (pictured), 24, after he 'took his eyes off the road' to check directions in Cwmbran, South Wales

Charity fundraiser David Power, 64, was knocked off his bicycle by Iceland van driver Lewis Smith (pictured), 24, after he ‘took his eyes off the road’ to check directions in Cwmbran, South Wales

An Iceland delivery driver has been jailed for killing a ‘much loved’ rugby player after he looked down to check his satnav to find an address.

Charity fundraiser David Power, 64, was knocked from his bicycle by the white Iceland van driven by Lewis Smith while out an a Christmas Eve shopping drop.

A court heard Smith, 24, ‘took his eyes off the road’ and had been staring at his satnav for nine seconds ahead of the fatal crash.

Smith told police he had seen Mr Power on his cycle before the crash in Cwmbran, South Wales, and had moved to give him space.

But he then heard a loud bang as he looked at his satnav for the delivery.

Smith was today jailed for three years and banned him from driving for a further four-and-a-half years at Newport Crown Court.

Family and friends of Mr Power – well known in rugby circles – said they were ‘heartbroken’ to have lost their ‘much-loved’ relative who ran Welsh Charitables RFC.

In a police interview, Smith expressed concern for Mr Power’s family.

He said: ‘I can’t imagine how they must be feeling – it must be a million times worse for the other side. They have lost someone. I can’t describe how sorry I am.’

The court was played dashcam footage taken before and after the collision which showed Smith had been looking at his satnav for nine seconds ahead of the crash.

Prosecutor Claire Pickthall said Mr Power suffered cardiac arrest in the ambulance.

Smith apologised to Mr Power's family, saying: 'I can't imagine how they must be feeling - it must be a million times worse for the other side. They have lost someone. I can't describe how sorry I am'

Smith apologised to Mr Power's family, saying: 'I can't imagine how they must be feeling - it must be a million times worse for the other side. They have lost someone. I can't describe how sorry I am'

Smith apologised to Mr Power’s family, saying: ‘I can’t imagine how they must be feeling – it must be a million times worse for the other side. They have lost someone. I can’t describe how sorry I am’

Newport Crown Court he suffered from injuries including abdominal bleeding, an lacerated liver and spleen and blunt trauma.

Smith, of Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly, admitted causing death by dangerous driving over the tragic crash.

Ieuan Bennett, defending, said he had taken the Iceland job after graduating.

He said: ‘He was a young man with a decent future in front of him.

Smith told police he had seen Mr Power on his cycle before the crash near Cwmbran Drive in Cwmbran, South Wales, and had moved to give him space. But he then heard a loud bang as he looked at his satnav

Smith told police he had seen Mr Power on his cycle before the crash near Cwmbran Drive in Cwmbran, South Wales, and had moved to give him space. But he then heard a loud bang as he looked at his satnav

Smith told police he had seen Mr Power on his cycle before the crash near Cwmbran Drive in Cwmbran, South Wales, and had moved to give him space. But he then heard a loud bang as he looked at his satnav

‘He has been back and forth to the doctors suffering with insomnia, flashbacks, and depression. If he could turn the clocks back he would.’

Judge Jeremy Jenkins jailed Smith for three years and banned him from driving for a further four-and-a-half years.

He said: ‘Nobody intended this tragedy and no sentence I can pass can assuage the deep sense of loss and grief felt by the family of David Power.

‘To take one’s eyes off the road for nine seconds when you’re driving amounts to creating a substantial risk of danger. You have expressed genuine remorse.’

Following his death, top rugby stars paid tribute to Mr Power - known as Dapper - was secretary of the Welsh Charitables rugby team and described as a 'much loved' family man

Following his death, top rugby stars paid tribute to Mr Power - known as Dapper - was secretary of the Welsh Charitables rugby team and described as a 'much loved' family man

Following his death, top rugby stars paid tribute to Mr Power – known as Dapper – was secretary of the Welsh Charitables rugby team and described as a ‘much loved’ family man

Smith was sentenced to three years imprisonment and was disqualified from driving for four and a half years.

Following his death, top rugby stars paid tribute to Mr Power – known as Dapper – was secretary of the Welsh Charitables rugby team and described as a ‘much loved’ family man.

Rugby legend Jonathan Davies and referee Nigel Owens paid tribute to Mr Power who was a tireless charity fundraiser.

Commentator Davies said Mr Power’s death was ‘tragic’ and referee Owens describe it as ‘very, very sad. A wonderful genuine man.’

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