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Carlisle man due to appear at Workington Magistrates' Court next Friday...

Cumbria Constabulary have arrested a 43-year-old man from Carlisle in connection with the death almost exactly a year ago of two brothers killed while cycling on the A595 near Silloth.

Robert Wightman, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the incident on 5 December 2010 that claimed the lives of Christian Townend, aged 29, and his 21-year-old brother Nicholas, known as Niggy.

Wightman, who was driving a coach involved in the incident and who was arrested by police at the time, is due to appear at Workington Magistrates Court next Friday 9 December.

The news comes just days after the death of another cyclist elsewhere in Cumbria.

Geoff Davis, aged 51 and from Kendal, lost his life on the A590 at Levens in an incident involving two Volkswagen cars, a Golf and a Passat, reports the Westmoreland Gazzette.

A police investigation into that incident is continuing, and anyone with information is asked to call them on 0845 3300247.

 

 

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.

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downfader [203 posts] 4 years ago
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A whole year..? Why so very long?

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 4 years ago
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Not mentioned in the police statement, I'm afraid. We did have a comment to another story recently from someone working within the criminal justice system who outlined some of the reasons why investigations into RTCs could continue for some time before the CPS decided to press charges; a year still seems a long time, however.

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 4 years ago
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Standard of proof is pretty high to bring case of causing death by dangerous driving. You have to show that the standard of driving fell "far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver", which often means providing evidence of bad driving leading up to the actual incident. It can take a long time to put such a case together.

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giff77 [1251 posts] 4 years ago
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cat1commuter wrote:

Standard of proof is pretty high to bring case of causing death by dangerous driving. You have to show that the standard of driving fell "far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver", which often means providing evidence of bad driving leading up to the actual incident. It can take a long time to put such a case together.

Bit of a catch22 then. Is it little wonder that so few end up being prosecuted. I was fortunate when I got caught up in a hit and run a lot of years ago. The driver that hit me had been followed by another driver from when he had got into the car with a skinful. Police were able to add the charge of careless driving with failure to report and leaving the scene. The bugger still got a 6 month suspended driving ban as he required his licence for his business.