A judge has said that a private prosecution of a motorist for allegedly causing the death by careless driving of London cyclist Michael Mason can proceed.
Mr Mason, also known as Mick, died in hospital in March 2014, nearly three weeks after the collision on Regent Street involving a Nissan Juke driven by 58-year-old Gail Purcell of St Albans, Hertfordshire.
The 70-year-old, a teacher at Westminster’s Grey Coat Hospital girls’ school, sustained “severe traumatic brain injury” as a result of the crash.
The private prosecution has been brought on behalf of Mr Mason’s family by the Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF), the first such action it has instigated.
It was launched after the Metropolitan Police Service decided not to press charges, and is funded by donations from the public which have reached almost £64,000 made through the website Just Giving.
At Westminster Magistrates’ Court today, Ms Purcell pleaded not guilty to the charge, reports the London Evening Standard’s Ross Lydall.
District judge Kenneth Grant gave the go-ahead for the private prosecution, but said the seriousness of the offence meant it could not be heard at magistrates’ court.
Instead, the case, which has been adjourned until 11 October, will be tried at Southwark Crown Court.
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I don't normally comment on issues like this, but WTF is this world coming to when an elderly person has been seriously assaulted and expensive...
Headlights are not that effective in picking out pedestrians, as the white lights on the poles are so blinding....
Did you ever study the dossier? I thought it was thin gruel when I had a look at part of it. The ECHR desicison was not a surprise.
Maybe that's an invalid reason for appeal - "I didn't bother mentioning a highly relevant detail". It also wouldn't be fair on the victim's family.
Thats a real shame, it was always good racing to watch. I'd rather have the Womens Tour than a third of tax-dodger Lineker on telly.
Definitely not me - I'm a short arse 5 foot 7.
This doesn't justify that type of rack, but they are common in Edinburgh and other rail locations in Scotland....
"a member of the sub-editing tea"? That really takes the biscuit.
I wonder whether the council will be able to ticket them for illegal parking...
The only possible excuses for a close pass are I messed up or I'm a dick, neither of which are legitimate.