Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 17, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Weening wins Suisse stage as GC picture sharpens; Break spoils sprinter’s day at SterZLM Tour; Keukeleire wins Tour de Slovénie opener; Pieters and Vos celebrate in the Aviva Women’s Tour stage 2; Coquard wins Route de Sud sprint; The Trans Am and Tour Divide: Shelter from the storm; Frank leaves Tour de Suisse; Wiggle High5 replaces sport director; Driver appeared asleep before car fatally hit cyclist; Helmet added to Australian ad campaign; Crashes cause cancellation of North Star Grand Prix stage; Off-duty police officer draws gun on cyclist; US criterium champion Huff on being a pro cyclist; On-board for Tour de Suisse, stage 5; Finish line tears at the Tour de Suisse; Behind the scenes with the Giro TV crew

Driver appeared asleep before car fatally hit cyclist

by CyclingTips

A court in Australia heard testimony that a driver accused of fatally striking a cyclist was seen sleeping at the wheel minutes before the crash.

Four motorists told police they saw Stephanie Maher driving erratically along Nepean Highway on the night of November 26, 2013. Minutes later her car struck Julian Paul, 54, who was riding home on his bicycle.

Maher, 33, did not dispute hitting Paul but pleaded not guilty to culpable driving causing death, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to render assistance.

The prosecution contends Maher was negligent by driving while fatigued, and that after hitting Paul she drove away and left her car more than a kilometre from her home.

She told police she thought a rock had struck her car, and continued driving and that she parked away from her home because she did not want her brother, who lived in her apartment block, to see her damaged car.

Click through to read more at The Age.