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Essex van driver accused of killing cyclist appears in court on charges including drug-driving

David Hanson has also been charged with causing death by dangerous driving

A van driver in Essex accused of killing a cyclist in a crash 18 months ago has appeared in court.

Cyclist Ben Greenslade, aged 30 and from Chadwell Heath, died at the scene of the crash on the A127 in Wickford on 2 September 2018, reports Essex Live.

Following an extensive police investigation, David Hanson, from Sevonoaks, was summonsed to appear at Basildon Magistrates Court last Thursday.

The 42-year-old has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving while unfit to drive through drugs, and failing to give information to identify a driver.

He is due to appear at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday 26 March.

Mr Greenslade’s family said at the time of his death: “Words can't describe how much Ben was loved by everyone who knew him.

“He was thoughtful, sensitive and kind, putting everyone before himself.

“Ben was extremely athletic, loved to cycle and was at his happiest being outdoors. The whole family is heartbroken by what has happened.”

They added: “Ben was a wonderful son, a wonderful brother, a wonderful man.”

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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