A coroner’s inquest into the death of Paula Jurek, the cyclist killed in a collision with an HGV in North London in April, has been delayed because police and the Crown Prosecution Service have not yet reached a decision over whether to charge the lorry driver involved.
Ms Jurek, a travel and tourism student at London Metropolitan University, died at the junction of Camden Road and St Pancras Way. At the time, the 65-year-old driver of the lorry was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. He was later released on bail, reports the Camden New Journal.
Despite seven months having passed, police have not yet decided whether to press charges and a spokesman told the newspaper on Monday that there was “no update” on the situation.
The inquest into her death had been due to open at St Pancras Coroner’s Court on Thursday 10 November, but has now been postponed.
Camden Cycling Champion Councillor Paul Braithwaite said: “There’s been no action seven months after this sad fatality. This is a disgrace. If we are to avoid more deaths like Ms Jurek, we need action now.”
The newspaper reported that a white ghost bike put up at the site where Ms Jurek died had been targeted by thieves, who had taken its wheels.
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.