Yetminster Headteacher Named As Cyclist Killed In Dorchester
4:27pm 9th January 2015
(Updated 7:37am 12th January 2015)
The cyclist who died in a fatal collision in Dorchester yesterday has been named as the headteacher of a school in Yetminster.
46 year old Paul Miller, head of St Andrew's Primary school, was cycling home towards Dorchester between the Weirs roundabout and Loders garage when he was struck from behind by a black fiat travelling in the same direction just before 6.45 pm on Thursday 8th January.
The driver of the Fiat car, a 62-year-old man from Dorchester, was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Dorset County Hospital where his condition is described as stable.
In a statement, Mr Miller’s family said: “We are devastated to announce Paul’s death in a tragic cycling accident on the evening of Thursday 8 January 2015.
Paul and his family have lived in Dorchester for four years and Paul worked as headteacher of St Andrew’s Primary School in Yetminster.
Paul was a keen cyclist and avid music and rugby fan. He will be much missed by all who knew him. Paul’s wife and three daughters are being comforted by family and friends and request that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.”
Phil Minns, head of learning and inclusion at Dorset County Council, said:
"We are very sad to hear about the sudden death of Paul Miller. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this distressing time.
"Paul was a highly respected headteacher who successfully led St Andrew's CE Primary School in Yetminster over the past four-and-a-half years. During that time he worked tirelessly to ensure that children achieved their very best within an environment that both nurtured and stimulated them.
"The county council is providing support to staff, pupils and the wider school community through our educational psychologists. They will be on hand to offer help, advice and counselling for as long as they are required.
"Paul will be greatly missed by all of us at Dorset County Council who knew and worked with him."
Dorset Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or manner of driving or cycling prior to the incident to call Police Constable Tim Gooding of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit on 101.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 8:349. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
A statement has been released by the school's chair of governors which you can read here www.standrewsyetminster.org.uk