A judge in Guernsey has criticised the layout of a road and cycle path where a bike rider was killed in a collision with a lorry in April last year.
David Allison, aged 59 was riding on a shared-use footpath at Salerie Corner, St Peter Port, when a lorry turned into an entrance. The cyclist braked, but was thrown underneath the vehicle.
This week, lorry driver Nigel Simon, aged 50, was acquitted of causing death by dangerous driving as well as the lesser charge of driving without due care and attention, reports BBC News Guernsey.
Summing up the case, Judge Sir Christopher Pitchers commented on "the odd configuration of carriageway where cycle path merges with footpath... [its] meaning was so obscure that policemen had to call the Environment Department for clarification of the lines."
During the trial, the prosecution claimed that the driver had failed to take account of blind spots in his mirrors prior to the fatal collision.
The court was also told that Mr Allison was travelling faster than the lorry immediately prior to the crash.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.