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Lorry driver acquitted of killing London cyclist

Darren Anderton carried on with his delivery round after crash that claimed life of Magda Tadaj

An Old Bailey jury has cleared a lorry driver of causing the death of a London cyclist by careless driving.

Magda Tadaj, aged 25, was killed on 23 May last year when she was struck by a Scania lorry being driven by Darren Anderton, aged 49.

He had left his depot in Coventry at 4.00am to make deliveries in London, 140 miles away.

The  court heard that Ms Tadaj had been dragged for 14 metres by Anderton's lorry during the crash in Selhurst, south London.

The driver got out of his cab and waited for paramedics to arrive then drove off to continue his delivery round.

He was subsequently arrested by police after they managed to track him down, but told officers that he had been driving past when he saw a female cyclist get hit by a car.

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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alotronic | 6 years ago

Anyone who has sat on a jury knows that prejudices are not left at the door and that evidence can count for little when you get a small room with members of the general public. The general public can be bloody horrible and deliberately obstructive at times. 

Morgoth985 | 6 years ago

Oh God, not again.  RIP.

Is it, as a matter of law, open season on cyclists?  Because, what with having children and all,  I'd kind of like to know.

DrJDog | 6 years ago

For anyone who doesn't want to do a search:

Sorry that's a DM link, but it explains what happened.

Sounds like he just close passed her to death. I don't understand the verdict.

RobD | 6 years ago

I'm sure I read somewhere (possibly on this site) that there was cctv footage and witnesses? if that's the case, how can nyone be found not guilty? and also should there not then be a trial for obstruction of justice for his lying to the police?

Very sad news  2

ChrisB200SX | 6 years ago

Presumably he reported the details of this mysterious car?

Did he decide his delivery was more important than his witness statement?

ironmancole | 6 years ago

Road violence is widely accepted, tolerated, excused and in some cases wholly embraced on UK roads. 

We shouldn't be surprised to read this particular story but until each and every one of us is prepared to collectively and intelligently fight the powers that be all we will ever be able to ask is...which of us is next?


john1967 | 6 years ago

Ive said it befor and ill say it again. It is now legal to kill cyclists if you say you didint see them.

SevenHills | 6 years ago


Dnnnnnn | 6 years ago

From what's been reported of how this awful incident unfolded, it seems appalling that the jury returned this verdict. But perhaps not surprising.

RIP Madga.


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