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

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.

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.