Cyclist's death, man jailed

A LORRY Driver has been jailed for two years and banned from driving for five years for causing the death of a film producer.Nicholas Frye, was riding a bicycle when he was crushed under the wheels of John Altunay's lorry when the trucker made an illegal left turn.

A LORRY Driver has been jailed for two years and banned from driving for five years for causing the death of a film producer.

Nicholas Frye, was riding a bicycle when he was crushed under the wheels of John Altunay's lorry when the trucker made an illegal left turn.

Mr Frye was involved in setting up successful film company Working Title in the early 1980s, but moved on to other projects.

He was also involved in City Screen, an Ipswich-based art cinema company.


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Altunay, 34, had ignored several "clearly marked" no-left turn signs while driving alongside Mr Frye, in West London in May last year.

Altunay said he did not see 53-year-old Mr Frye, of Langton Street, Chelsea

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because he was in his "blind spot" but a jury at Blackfriars Crown Court last month convicted him of causing death by dangerous driving.

Altunay, of Miner Road, Gillingham, had denied the charge.

At Blackfriars Crown Court yesterday Judge David Martineau jailed Altunay for two years.

Mr Frye's sister Christine Johnston, 62, of Sandy Lane, Sternfield, near Saxmundham, went to London and followed much of the trial.

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