Lorry driver in Mary Bowers case appears before magistrates

Accused will return to court next month to be committed for crown court trial

by Simon_MacMichael   April 11, 2012  

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The lorry driver whose vehicle struck Times journalist Mary Bowers as she rode to work near the newspaper’s Wapping headquarters last November has appeared in court after being charged with dangerous driving in connection with the incident.

Romanian national Petre Beiu, aged 39, who was charged with the offence last month, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court yesterday, speaking only to confirm his identity reports ITV.com.

Beiu, who has not as yet entered a plea, will return to court on 22 May for committal to trial at a crown court. District Judge Gary Lucie granted the defendant bail, requiring him to surrender his passport and imposing a condition that he does not drive a heavy goods vehicle in the meantime.

In February this year, as a direct result of the incident that left Ms Bowers in a coma, The Times launched its Cities fit for Cycling campaign which has since been the subject of a parliamentary debate and has been influential in pushing the issue of cycle safety up the political agenda.

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Heartbreaking, I read the article about this young journo. But I guess unless we pass laws people just can't be trusted to leave their !!!! mobile phones alone. Such a pointless loss and so terrible for her family. Sadly this will be seen as another 'cyclist' story and not one of practical manslaughter by reckless conduct. My thoughts are with her and every little recovery she can make!

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posted by emily.b [15 posts]
11th April 2012 - 12:19

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I'm shocked that given the circumstances he is allowed to drive ANY vehicle 'in the meantime'.

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posted by andybwhite [189 posts]
11th April 2012 - 12:24

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Agreed this is heartbreaking for the young lady and her family and I fervently hope that she will recover. However, before you all start burning this driver at the proverbial stake please be careful to read that he has, as yet, NOT been found guilty of anything!
Additionally, talking on a hands-free device is not yet illegal in this country.

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posted by Manglier [69 posts]
12th April 2012 - 11:00

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Waiting for the ordure.

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posted by Manglier [69 posts]
12th April 2012 - 11:00

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no you're right - he was on a hands-free, and talking 'prior' to the incident...he might be guilty but then again he could be completely innocent - as awful as this is sometimes these things really are just tragic accidents...

We need better road and cycle networks - very very badly. Sad

posted by Lacticlegs [124 posts]
12th April 2012 - 14:14

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Unfortunately the idea that hands-free phones are safer than held ones when you're driving is wrong. Most people can drive one-handed reasonably safely - it is the concentration that is required to conduct a conversation on a mobile phone that is dangerous. Hands-free should have been banned at the same time as hand-held.

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posted by wildnorthlands [26 posts]
12th April 2012 - 16:49

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