Widow of Sheffield cyclist killed by drunk driver lashes out over jail time served

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The wife of a much-loved Sheffield dad who was knocked off his pedal cycle and killed by a drunk driver has lashed out after it emerged his killer will only spend six months behind bars.

Karen Codling’s husband Eric, aged 55, from Millhouses, died after he was struck on Whirlowdale Road, Whirlow, while out for his Sunday morning bike ride.

Emma Egan, then aged 26, who was the driver of the car, was found guilty of causing the dad of two’s death by dangerous driving at Sheffield Crown Court in July 2014 and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.

But today it emerged she was moved to an open prison in February with more relaxed rules after just six months and in July she could be granted open conditions – allowing her escorted shopping trips and days out.

Eric’s widow Karen, who was informed in a letter from the probation service, told The Star: “Where is the justice?

“It looks to me like the justice that was handed down to Emma Egan in July 2014 is an absolute joke.

“This is no deterrent. For God’s sake, she took a life.

“On November 3, 2013, my life changed forever. 
“Eric’s beautiful daughters have lost their daddy, something they continue to struggle with every single day. 
“I really cannot imagine how they feel, and it is heartbreaking trying to help them come to terms with all this.”

She added: “It wasn’t an accident. Emma Egan was chasing another car containing her boyfriend and his mate, who had dumped her.

“They were driving at 70mph in a 30 zone. It was 7.45am on a Sunday morning.”

Karen said she was angry Emma had only served six months in a secure prison, adding: “She is now in Askern Grange, an open prison.

“In July she will probably be granted a move to open conditions which means she will probably be granted escorted absence from prison to a town in that vicinity.

“Off out on day trips and shopping trips.”

She said she and the couple’s daughters Grace and Eve, were still coming to terms with Eric’s death.

“I wish I could do something,” said Karen.

“My girls, Eric’s family and I are the ones who are still suffering and will do forever.”

A bike ride set up in Eric’s memory to raise funds for The Cavendish Centre takes place at Abbeydale Sports Club on Sunday, July 12.

n See www.rideforeric.com to enter or donate.