Mairead Boucherat

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Incident summary

Collision with Nissan Qashqai on Tring Hill, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire.

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April Reeves

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Incident summary

Collision with car driven by Peter Farmer on A371 Locking Moor Road, Weston-super-Mare. April was on the cycle path immediately adjacent to the road (which has a 60mph speed limit) and lost control of her bicycle while apparently struggling with her gears. She fell across the kerb into the path of a vehicle and was struck, suffering fatal head injuries.

Legal summary

At an inquest, coroner Maria Voisin gave a verdict of death by road traffic accident and ruled that Farmer was not in any way to blame. She said she would write to North Somerset Council “to discuss measures they could take to prevent future deaths on the road”.

Comment

This incident serves as a prime example of why simply creating a lane for bicycles (and, indeed, pedestrians) alongside a fast road is inadequate.

In order to prevent pedestrians or cyclists falling into the carriageway the carriageway and/or footway must be separated by at least some distance, and ideally by some raised feature. Additionally, although not a factor in this case, a major barrier such as armco is required if motor vehicles are to be prevented from leaving the carriageway.

Where speeds above 30mph (some might argue even lower) there is a very high risk that once an incident such as this starts to unfold it will end in serious injury or death, if there is no such separation from the carriageway.

It is worth noting that incidents of this nature have myriad causes including human error (which particularly affects the young), medical episodes (which particularly affect the old), loose animals, mechanical failure and so on.

Highway designs such as the one used in this location serve to punish basic errors or simple misfortune with death, and any continued implementation of them should arguably be considered negligent at best. Given the prevalence of the design to punish factors that are more prevalent in those of particularly young or old ages, it is also arguably discriminatory.

Yvonne Wyeth

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Incident summary

Multiple vehicle collision near the junction of Molesey Road and Rydens Road in Walton, Surrey. Van driver Jason Taylor drove directly into the back of Yvonne Wyeth, catapulting her into the air and inflicting multiple serious injuries which proved fatal within an hour. He then collided with a car and an oncoming tanker, leaving him injured and trapped in his Vauxhall Combo.

Taylor was found to be two and a half times the drink driving limit, and traces of diazepam and cocaine were also found.

Legal summary

Taylor, 35, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving with no insurance.

He pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink, two counts of driving while disqualified and two of driving while uninsured (for the day of the incident and the previous day).

On 3 March 2016 he was sentenced to ten and a half years’ imprisonment, reduced to seven for his guilty plea, and was banned from driving for nine years.

He had 31 previous convictions for 74 offences. Of these, eight were for drink driving and six were for driving while disqualified, even though he had never held a full driving licence.

 

Douglas Gibson

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Incident summary

Collision with bus operated by EYMC on Holme Road, Market Weighton. Douglas died of his injuries on 26 June 2015.

Legal summary

No charges were brought against Adrian Hornby, the driver of the bus, and he was found not responsible by an inquest.

CCTV reportedly showed that Douglas unclipped his right foot shortly prior to the collision, apparently after seeing a shopping trolley in the road.

Steven Jackson, a collision investigator for Humberside Police, said, “The driver [of the bus] gave him ample room, but Mr Gibson commenced this turn into the path of the bus without looking to the rear.”

Joan Twine

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Incident summary

Multiple vehicle collision involving three cars and one pedal cycle. According to the cyclist, the car in which Mrs Twine was a passenger was being driven on the wrong side of the road when it collided head-on with the cyclist and two oncoming cars. The cyclist sustained a broken arm, while Mrs Twine sustained injuries which were later to prove fatal. Occupants of the two other cars suffered less serious injuries.