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Woman charged with perverting course of justice in relation to Bristol tandem couple deaths

Man has already been charged with causing death by dangerous drving and other offences

A Gloucestershire woman has been charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the deaths in January of tandem cyclists Ross and Clare Simons, who were killed when they were hit by a Citroën Picasso car on Lower Hanham Road, Bristol in January.

Louise Cox, aged 35 and from Oldland Common, is the second person to be charged in connection with the incident, and will appear at North Avon Magistrates’ Court next Monday, reports This Is Bristol.

The driver of the vehicle, 38-year-old Nicholas Lovell, also of Oldland Common, handed himself in to police two days after the incident, which took place on the afternoon of Sunday 27 January, and was charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, as well as driving without insurance and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

Ross Simons, aged 34, and his wife Clare, aged 30, both died at the scene from their injuries. The couple, who had been married for 18 months, had learnt the day before their death that they had been approved for fertility treatment.

CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor Allie Longhorn commented: "We have worked closely with Avon and Somerset police since this tragic incident.

"Following their extensive investigation I have now decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge Louise Cox with perverting the course of justice."

Please note for legal reasons we are unable to accept comments on this story while the case proceeds.

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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