Coroner's inquest into death of cyclist

The Coroner’s inquest into the death of cyclist James Danson-Hatcher, took place on 12 Sep 07. On 5 April 07 James was hit and killed by a car travelling northwards at about 60 mph. 

The collision took place at the junction of Devil’s Dyke Road and
Saddlescombe Road. The inquest concluded that James pulled out from the
junction into the path of the oncoming car.

Since
the fatal crash a traffic sign has been made much bigger and a new
‘cycle route ahead’ (red triangle sign) has belatedly been put in
place. This oddly designed junction and the indistinct road markings
just north of it for the nearby bridleway need sorting out. Sight lines
need checking urgently.

devils dyke road

 

Bricycles
is campaigning for traffic speed reduction on rural roads. Anyone who
has walked or cycled in the countryside knows the frequently
inappropriate speed of motor vehicles. There are many cyclists, walkers
and runners in the country near to Brighton. People need space to
exercise and to enjoy the countryside. It is no longer acceptable for
traffic to travel so fast that it is impossible for the driver to avoid
a crash with a pedestrian or a cyclist. Support our campaign for speed
reduction. 40 mph is more than enough on the City’s rural roads. Twenty
is plenty in places where people live. Write to your local councillor
and your MP.

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