There are two stories in the Argus today about a cycle crash on Elm Grove and a Brighton court case regarding the death of a cyclist on the A24 near Storrington in October 2007. Plus a letter from Bricycles’ Becky Reynolds about the inquest into the death of a cyclist on the A23.
A 37-year-old man is being treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital following an incident in Elm Grove, Brighton at 8.35pm on Monday 2nd March. The car driver suffered shock and the road was closed for three hours while officers investigated at the scene. Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 0845 6070999, quoting Operation Tilbrook.
Meanwhile the lorry driver who killed cyclist Keith Harmer from Worthing on the A24 near Storrington on October 30, 2007 has appeared in court accused of hitting the bicycle while he overtook it. Police at the scene found the HGV was damaged, with broken pieces of plastic from the lorry’s indicator cover and a front deflector panel in the road. The driver denied there had been any collision. The trial at Brighton Crown Court continues. This story is not avaialble at the Argus website.
Becky Reynolds writes in the letters page that the ‘narrative verdict’ at the inquest into the death of French cyclist Marie Vesco on the A23 does not address the main issue of inequity on the roads. The legal responsibility of drivers of motor vehicles is to keep their speed down when in the vicinity of vulnerable road users and to give them space. There were two cars involved in this incident, both driving at speeds of 60-70mph, the first car overtook Marie clipping her in doing so which caused her to fall from her bike. The second car then hit her. Marie was still under that car when it came to a halt. Becky’s letter is not avaiable on the Argus website either, but Bricycles Tony Green was at the inquest and wrote a report on the Brighton Area Cyclists forum.