A 30-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a cyclist killed in what police say they are treating as a hit-and-run accident.
Rizwan Rafaqat was remanded in custody by Burton magistrates yesterday, accused of causing the death of 68-year-old Gary Hobson while driving an Audi A4 without due care and attention.
Rafaqat was also charged with driving in Uxbridge Street, Burton, on September 2 while allegedly more than two-and-a-half times the legal drink-drive limit – with 92 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
The defendant, of Branston Road, Burton, did not formally enter a plea.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Stafford Crown Court on Friday, October 5 to enter a formal plea.
Emma Thompson, prosecuting, told the court: “He is charged with causing death by driving without due care and attention, while he was two-and-a-half times the legal drink-drive limit.”
Last night, a second man was released on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
He is understood to be 26 years old and from Burton.
Cyclist Mr Hobson, of Anglesey Road, Burton, died after he was knocked off his bike in Uxbridge Street at around 8.45pm on Monday.
Members of the public tried frantically to save him, using CPR techniques until an ambulance crew arrived.
Mr Hobson was taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital with serious injuries, but was certified dead on arrival.
Police said a black Audi failed to stop at the scene, but was later found abandoned in nearby South Broadway Street.
Floral tributes to Mr Hobson have been left at the scene of the tragedy.