Blackwood man charged after death of cyclist

2:16pm Friday 29th November 2013

A BLACKWOOD man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a collision earlier this year which left a cyclist dead.

The 43-year-old, who has not been named, was yesterday (Thur) charged after a collision between a mini bus and a cyclist on the A472 at Newbridge on Sunday, July 21 at around 8.05pm.

Owain Richard James, a 30-year-old from Oakdale, later died in hospital.

Soon after his death, Mr James’ best friend paid a glowing tribute to the tragic cyclist, describing him as a man who inspired many to become better people.

Graham Kirby-Smith, 31, told the Argus in July: "Owain was a great friend to me personally, particularly in the way he treated me when I shared some big personal issues of my own and I don’t think anyone could ever have a better friend than him.

"I greatly miss Owain, and I feel blessed to have known him as my friend. He cared deeply about things that really mattered, and always yearned to do the right thing.

"He aspired to be more like other people who he looked up to, and, though he wouldn’t agree, I think many people aspired to be more like him."

Mr Kirby-Smith said his friend would express doubts about whether he was making "much of a difference" to the people he met, but said Mr James had inspired him to become a better person.

The driver of the mini bus has been bailed to appear at Caerphilly Magistrates Court on December 12.

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