Driver in court after charge over death of Otley cyclist at Bolton Abbey

A MAN charged with causing the death by careless driving of an Otley cyclist is set to appear at Bradford Crown Court later this month.

Nicholas Castle Goddard, 62, is charged with causing the death of Craig Armitage while driving a silver Hyundai i30 estate on the B6160 at Bolton Abbey, near Skipton, on February 15.

Goddard, of Pen-y-Ghent Way, Barnoldswick, appeared at Skipton Magistrates Court yesterday when he made no indication of plea.

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Magistrates sent the case to Bradford Crown Court where he will appear for a preliminary hearing on September 18.

Father-of-three Mr Armitage, 44, was taking part in the Otley Reliability Ride to Kettlewell on Sunday, February 15, when the incident happened.

The collision took place at about 11.30am on the B6160, between Bolton Abbey and Barden Tower.

Mr Armitage, who was travelling with two other cyclists, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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