Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 1, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Tour of Flanders route unveiled; Women’s Tour of Flanders route length increased; Strade Bianche courses unveiled; Van Avermaet recovery on-track; Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank announces 2017 Roster; Dygert extends with Twenty16-Ridebiker; SkyDive Dubai riders, staff unpaid; National Lottery sales slump could affect British Cycling funding; Bail denied for driver who fled after allegedly killing cyclist; Taxi driver shoves pro cyclist with bumper; Cyclist assualts Brisbane bus driver; Cycling ‘on’ Clif Bars; Cycling safety with Tour de Celeb’s Louie Spence.

Bail denied for driver who fled after allegedly killing cyclist

by CyclingTips

A driver who fled after allegedly killing a cyclist who was wearing high-visibility clothing and riding in a bike lane, has been denied bail.

Peter McGuffie, 54, of New Zealand, died after he was struck from behind while riding along Barkly Street in West Footscray on the afternoon of June 23. Police allege Matthew Terrance O’Connor, 27, was seen driving erratically before hitting McGuffie. A witness also saw O’Connor veer into the bike lane.

O’Connor is charged with culpable driving causing death and the alternate dangerous driving causing death, as well as hit-run offences and breaching bail.

“It was one of those situations where one could ask the rhetorical question ‘how could you not see him’,” prosecutor Sandra MacDougall said in court.

While the court heard testimony of past drug use by O’Connor, a drug test was not performed on the day of his arrest.

Click through to read more at The Age.