Two police officers responsible for helping bring the man who ran over and killed a Basingstoke cyclist to justice have been presented with an award.
Christopher Gard, of Linnet Way, Alton, was reading a text message on his mobile when he drove his white Ford Transit van into the back of dad-of-two Lee Martin on August 12 last year.
Mr Martin was hit at around 60mph, while cycling in the left hand lane on the A31, near Bentley, with Gard then immediately deleting the texts, and initially pleading not guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.
But Gard, who had eight previous convictions for using his phone behind the wheel, later changed his plea, and was sentenced to nine years in jail in September.
The work of PC Emma Clifford, from the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit, and PC Dave Mitchell, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, was honoured with an award at a police awards ceremony on Friday night.
Chief Superintendent Stephen Williams said: “It is testament to the quality of evidence submitted that Gard had no option but to plead guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.
“Their outstanding work and meticulous investigation skills not only provided a positive outcome for the victim’s family, but ensured a dangerous offender, who had tried to escape the consequences of his actions, was brought to justice.”