Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 7, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Roglic solos to Pais Vasco stage win; Boels-Dolmans wins Healthy Ageing Tour TTT; Calmejane wins fourth stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; In memoriam: Friends, colleagues pay tribute to Steve Tilford; Phinney out of Paris-Roubaix with concussion; Mark Renshaw fractures ankle in Scheldeprijs; Groenewegen laments Scheldeprijs outcome; More bad luck for Lotto Soudal with Roubaix recon crash; Lefevere still searching for sponsors beyond 2017; Axeon Hagens Berman riding strong performance in European racing; Crowd-funded prosecution of driver involved in cyclist death ends in acquittal; Cyclist uses M65 highway as shortcut; Watch ‘A Sunday In Hell’; Trek Crockett: SSCXWC and Sven Nys.

Crowd-funded prosecution of driver involved in cyclist death ends in acquittal

by CyclingTips

The first crowd-funded prosecution of a driver believed to have caused a death of a cyclist was found not guilty by a jury. Police initially chose not to prosecute Gail Purcell, 58, for causing the death of cyclist Michael Mason, 70, due to careless driving. However, the Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF), which is part of Cycling UK, raised £80,000 to bring a private prosecution against her.

Mason died of his injuries after colliding with Purcell’s Nissan Juke on February 25, 2014 on Regent Street, London.

“My family and I respect the decision the jury have reached, although we are obviously disappointed. It seems that failing to be aware of what’s in front of you while you’re driving is an acceptable mistake, not careless, and that no explanation for that failure is necessary,” Mason’s daughter, Anna Tatton-Brown, told Cycling Weekly.

“We do, however, draw some comfort from the fact that the evidence was finally put to a jury, something that should have happened long ago. It should not have taken the intervention of CDF, and the support of many members of the public, to bring this case to court. Given that the Judge accepted that there was a case which the jury had to consider, we would hope that the Police will now conduct a review into their investigation, their rush to blame the victim, their refusal to seek CPS advice, and consider what lessons might be learned.”

“Notwithstanding the jury’s decision, we believe it was right to bring this case to court given the Metropolitan Police’s unwillingness to do so,” CDF spokesperson Duncan Dollimore told Cycling Weekly. “We do question why the Police failed to obtain witness evidence from relevant eye-witnesses which the legal team instructed by CDF were able to secure. If they had done so they would have recognised, as the Judge did yesterday, that this was a case which rightly had to be put before a jury. We believe they should review their investigation practices involving vulnerable road users, and their engagement with the victims’ families.”

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