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by Mark Zalewski
December 9, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling investigation cleared Sutton of eight of nine charges; British government to bail out UK sport after shortfall; Herning to host 2017 European Road Cycling Championships; Geraint Thomas calls Wiggins’ TUE controversy a grey area; Storey says British Cycling controversies not a distraction; Gerrans to race Herald Sun Tour; Sun Tour Falls Creek finish extended to the resort; Pellizotti signs with Bahrain-Merida; Coach says Wiggins has enough for one more Olympics; Olympians headline Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals races; Pavlukhina signs with Astana Women’s Team; Police use audio from incident that killed cyclist in anti-drink driving campaign; Boardman calls for overhaul of British Highway Code; Woman rides high-wheel across America; Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story; Bikepacking Vietnam: The Documentary.
An anti-drink driving campaign video released by Thames Valley Police, ahead of the holiday season, uses the audio from a false emergency police report by a driver who struck a cyclist and left him for dead, claiming in her call that her car had been stolen while she was drinking in a pub.
Maria Sutton, 27, was sentenced to four years and one month for causing the death through careless driving while intoxicated, for failing to stop at the scene and for obstruction of justice. The cyclist, Graham Ruecroft, 54, never regained consciousness and died of his injuries five days later.
The video also includes audio of a motorist speaking to a police operator after finding Ruecroft in the road. Both audio clips were played at the trial.
While Sutton eventually plead guilty to the charges, she had tried to launch a Change.org online petition to require cyclists to wear helmets. “I have been involved in an accident with a cyclist and he unfortunately died,” she wrote in the petition appeal. “He wasn’t wearing a helmet or reflective clothing and had flashing lights.”
The petition was taken down after the web site was made aware of the circumstances of the case.
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