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by Mark Zalewski
March 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Colbrelli wins second rain-soaked Paris-Nice, Démare retains yellow; Team Sky riders consider asking Brailsford to step down; Dr. Freeman to be recalled by Parliament committee for testimony, but no Wiggins; Shane Sutton ultimately undone at British Cycling by mystery medical package?; British Cycling appoints new CEO, Julie Harrington, from Football Association; Michael Schär out with fractured collarbone; Paris-Nice weather taking toll on peloton; Lappartient re-elected as European Cycling Union president; Taxi passenger only given fine for dooring of cyclist, causing death; Cyclist seeking Good Samaritans who helped him after crash; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 2 highlights; On-board footage of Caleb Ewan’s win at Abu Dhabi Tour.
A taxi passenger who opened a door into a cyclist, forcing him to crash into an oncoming van and killing him, will only receive a fine of £80.
Sam Boulton, a popular local teacher, was killed on his 26th birthday when Mandy Chapple, 56, opened the door of the taxi as he was riding past. Chapple said she was sitting behind the taxi driver and looked before opening the door but said she was not been able to see clearly.
Chapple pleaded guilty to one charge of opening a vehicle door so as to inure or endanger another person. Taxi driver Farook Bhikhu, 56, pleaded not guilty to a charge of permitting the opening of vehicle door so as to injure or endanger a person and will face trial in June.
A spokesman for Cycling UK told The Telegrpah that the lenient sentences handed down for the offence “possibly explains the reluctance to prosecute in many of the nearly 500 cases each year where a cyclist is seriously injured, or sometimes as in Sam’s case killed, as a consequence of somebody opening their car door without looking or care for those on two wheels.”
Click through to read more at The Telegraph.