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Man on trial over cyclist death

David McCall - pic courtesy Cycling Ulster
David McCall died after a collision with a car

A man has gone on trial charged with causing the death of one of Northern Ireland's top competitive cyclists.

David McCall died after a collision with a car as he took part in a cycle race near Nutt's Corner in August 2008.

Michael Gerard Groome, 27, from Cliftonville Road, Belfast, denies causing death by dangerous driving.

A prosecution lawyer told Antrim Crown Court Mr Groome was hurrying to catch a flight and hit Mr McCall's bicycle after a dog ran out onto the road.

The 46-year-old, a member of the Maryland Wheelers club in Lisburn, had taken part in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

He won many cycling honours in Europe and Ireland.



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