Hit-and-run driver may face jail

EX-Taunton student Jake Gilmore

EX-Taunton student Jake Gilmore

First published in News

A MAN could be facing jail after pleading guilty to a hit-and-run incident which killed former Taunton student Jake Gilmore.

Raymond Isherwood, 53, of Bennett Street, Bath, admitted all charges relating to the death of the 19-year-old former Richard Huish College student.

He appeared at Bristol Crown Court and admitted causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, perverting the course of justice and cultivation of cannabis.

Jake suffered head injuries when he was knocked from his bike in Midland Bridge Road, Bath, at around 9.30pm on Saturday, November 16, last year.

He was taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath but later died.

Following his death, Jake’s parents Toby and Sue paid tribute to their son. They said their lives changed that day but they “would cherish the fabulous memories of our time with him”.

A memorial cycle ride was held around Bath for Jake, who worked as a barman in the city.

Dozens of cyclists attended the ride in his memory and flowers and candles were laid at the incident scene.

A ghost bike was installed on Midland Bridge in tribute to Jake and is still there.

John Abbott, principal at Richard Huish, told the County Gazette last year that Jake studied between 2010 and 2012 and described him as a friendly and hardworking young man.

He said: “Jake will be remembered for his energetic, infectious and enthusiastic performances.

“His teachers also all remember his constant smiling and positive approach to all that he did.

“He was an exceedingly creative student, as well as a deep thinker who will be greatly missed by both his teachers and his peers – it was a shock to hear about Jake.”

Jake, who was from Chard, was a member of 2381 squadron Ilminster Air Training Corps for two years and 1st Chard Wheelers cycling club for about four years.

Raymond Isherwood will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday, September 10.

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