A MOTORIST accused of causing death by careless driving was found by police staring at the lifeless body of a cyclist he had hit as he received CPR, a jury heard.

Jeremiah O’Shea, of Forest Road, Ascot, is accused of causing death by careless driving, after the van he was driving collided with a cyclist.

O’Shea was driving his silver Volkswagen van at the time of the crash, which occurred on January 5 2017..

Fred Dowling, 52, from Wokingham, was cycling along Winkfield Road, Windsor, when he was struck by a silver Volkswagen.

Ambulances attended the scene and performed CPR on him, but he was pronounced

When approached by police, O’Shea commented: “I’ve killed him, haven’t I?”

Prosecuting, Rossana Scamardella read out a statement on behalf of PC Sean O’Neill, in which Mr O’Neill describes finding the accused stood on the side of the road.

“I was on my way to work in the morning, when I saw the bus in front of me slow drastically and indicate right to avoid debris on the floor.

“This debris appeared to be from a bicycle, and I pulled over to the hard shoulder.

“I saw a man standing on the side of the road, who was staring at the man on the ground, who was laying face up, receiving CPR.

“I approached the man and asked: ‘were you the man driving the silver van?’

“He replied: ‘yeah, that was me. I’ve killed him, haven’t I?”

O’Shea was then taken for debrief by PC O’Neill, and was later arrested.

After he passed away, a statement from Mr Dowling’s family read: “He lived in Wokingham all of life, he was a staunch family man providing for his wife and two daughters.

“A beloved son, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed by all. Fred worked at Ricoh for 18 years as a printer.

“He loved his job and stayed with the company when they moved out of the Wokingham area.”

The trial continues.