Lorry driver charged over incident that left Times reporter Mary Bowers in a coma
Journalist who inspired newspaper's Cities fit for Cycling campaign making a very slow recovery but still not fully conscious...

The Times has reported that the lorry driver whose vehicle struck journalist Mary Bowers as she rode to work at the newspaper’s headquarters in Wapping last November, leaving her seriously injured and in a coma, has been charged with dangerous driving.

Petre Beiu, aged 39 and a Romanian national living in Stanmore, will appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on 10 April, reports the newspaper. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment, as well as an automatic 12-month ban from driving, and would be required to take an extended test before having his licence returned.

Bowers remains in hospital and has still not regained complete consciousness, although her colleague Kaya Burgess, who has led its Cities fit for Cycling campaign which The Times launched in reaction to the incident, told road.cc last week that she was making a very gradual recovery.

"She's making very, very slow progress," he said. "It is still progress, which is good to see, but there's really no way of telling how far she'll get. She's still not really aware of anything particularly, and she's still got a very long way to go."

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.


pedalismo [59 posts] 3 years ago

Thoughts are with Mary Bowers and her family and friends and we all hope she makes as full a recovery as possible.

I appreciate it will be harrowing for them, but it will be enlightening to hear what comes out in the trial about how much the driver or his haulage company was at fault. Whether he received any training, whether the lorry was fitted with safety/extra visibility?

It's so sad that tragic events like the one involving Mary are still so common. How many more cyclists have to die or be seriously injured before things change?

downfader [203 posts] 3 years ago

I have to echo what Pedalismo wrote. Get well soon!!

Cyclists must not give up hope for change. Do not rest on your laurels, keep the pressure on the Government, the Police and your local authorities!

Vikeonabike [59 posts] 3 years ago

There butfor the the grace of the Gods go us all. We as a community need to make a big thing of the court result.
Wishing Mary a full recovery.