Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

September 14, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Boycott averted, 10 WorldTour teams commit to world TTT championships; Caleb Ewan signals good form ahead of Road World Championships; Three Russian cyclists threaten lawsuit over Olympic ban; WADA attacked by Russian hackers; The Moment The Vuelta Was Won; Woet Poels ready to take leadership role; Roy Curvers and Laurens ten Dam extend with Giant-Alpecin; Alleged drunk driver kills cyclist, injures others on training ride; Driver sentenced 11 years for killing cyclist; Crowdfunding bring prosecution of driver alleged of killing cyclist; “I’m done”; Adam Hansen’s Grand Tour record, by the numbers; Race to the Rock recap interview; OBE Backstage Pass – Vuelta, stage 21; Rudiger Selig cycles on one leg during the Vuelta a España; It could happen to any of us.

Crowdfunding brings prosecution of driver alleged of killing cyclist

by CyclingTips

In what is believed to be the first case of crowdfunding of a prosecution of any kind, a driver appeared in court to face charges of causing death by careless driving when she allegedly struck 70-year-old Michael Mason, knocking him off his bicycle in central London on February 25, 2014. Mason later died in hospital.

Police chose not to prosecute the driver of the vehicle, Gail Purcell, 58, but a cycling group raised £64,000 (€75,148) from 1,600 supporters to bring a private prosecution against her. She denied the charges at her court appearance and was released on an unconditional bond.

“We are not aware of crowdfunding of this nature to provide a prosecution like this,” said Duncan Dollimore, a coordinator for the Cyclists Defence Fund.

“It shows the strength of feeling about the investigation by the Met Police and the decision not to prosecute.”

Scotland Yard reviewed its decision not to pass a file to the CPS after pressure from the family and media but concluded it had made the correct decision.

Click through to read more at The Mirror.