The lorry driver involved in the collision that resulted in the death of Esther Hartsilver has been found not guilty of causing her death by careless driving. Hartsilver was hit and killed at the junction of Denmark Hill and Orpheus Street in Camberwell, South London in May 2015.
CCTV footage shown at Blackfriars crown court showed Hartsilver cycle towards Philip Beadle’s Co-op delivery lorry as he waited at a pedestrian crossing. She was in the bus lane as Beadle turned left off Denmark Hill, and suffered multiple injuries when she went under the wheels of his lorry.
The collision took place less than half a mile from Kings College Hospital where Hartsilver worked as a senior physiotherapist. She was taken there and died later that day.
Beadle said he checked his mirrors normally and had not seen Hartsilver pull alongside. Prosecutor Benedict Kelleher said that he “could and should” have spotted her in a six-second window before he made his turn.
The London Evening Standard reports that following a four-day trial, the jury’s decision was unanimous.
Judge Raj Shetty thanked Beadle for the way in which he had conducted himself during the trial and praised the families of both Hartsilver and Beadle for their dignity.
In June, Hartsilver’s death was the focus of a "die in" vigil organised by the Stop Killing Cyclists campaign group.
Speaking at the event, co-organiser Nicola Branch said: "Tonight's emotional die-in, which included the cyclist's family and friends, sends a loud message to Southwark Council that it must urgently install protected cycle lanes and protected left hand turns at junctions across the borough."