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Driver hands himself in and charged on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving - police appeal for witnesses

A 38 year old man is under arrest on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and police are appealing for witnesses after two cyclists, a man and a woman, were killed in a hit and run incident in Bristol this afternoon.

This is Bristol says the fatal collision occurred just before 4pm in Lower Hanham Road, Hanham a suburb on the eastern outskirts of the city. Witnesses say the couple who were local were riding a tandem they had recently bought when they were hit by a Citroen car. The driver is reported to have abandoned the car and run away before police and emergency services arrived. Both cyclists died at the scene.

This evening about the incident Avon and Somerset Police released the following statement appealing for witnesses:

"At around 4pm today (Sunday January 27), a vehicle collided with two cyclists on Lower Hanham road. The man and a woman died at the scene as a result of their injuries.

"The road currently remains closed and investigations continue.

"A 38 year old man who left the scene of the collision has handed himself in at a police station and has been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving.

"Anyone who was in the area around the time of this incident or who witnessed this collision is asked to call us on 101."

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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Arthur Scrimshaw [67 posts] 3 years ago
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Simply dreadful, condolences to their families. Hope the driver does the right thing and hands themselves in.

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PhilRuss [388 posts] 3 years ago
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[[[[ Avon & Somerset police: "We attended.....a single-vehicle road traffic accident". Hmmm...no other "vehicles" involved, then.
P.R.

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robert.brady [155 posts] 3 years ago
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Arthur Scrimshaw wrote:

Simply dreadful, condolences to their families. Hope the driver does the right thing and hands themselves in.

He has done:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-21225233

So bearing that in mind, the charge will probably be dangerous driving.

Rob

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georgee [162 posts] 3 years ago
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He probably got home, got on google and realised he'd only get a £35 fine and 3 points so he might as well take the rap.

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Carl [137 posts] 3 years ago
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You could admit to a crime and the CPS would say there was insufficient evidence to bring a case.

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big mick [183 posts] 3 years ago
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georgee wrote:

He probably got home, got on google and realised he'd only get a £35 fine and 3 points so he might as well take the rap.

That will be right!Steal cash 15 years kill with a car 3 points and 100 pound fine sad but true

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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Because he walked into the police station of his own accord, the judge will like that and dismiss the case......

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andrew miners [46 posts] 3 years ago
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How the hell can someone be so callous as to leave the scene of the accident it beggars beleif, i know capital punishment is a thorny issue but its time for a detterent or harsh prison sentence.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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georgee wrote:

He probably got home, got on google and realised he'd only get a £35 fine and 3 points so he might as well take the rap.

Surely that should be a £70 fine? Unless the Court is doing a 2 for 1 special offer? Very sick; but at least he has handed himself in. I suspect the instinct to run is pretty overpowering in this circumstance; I do not suppose that you think rationally. Hopefully justice will be done  39

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zeb [49 posts] 3 years ago
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Mmmmh I think you are all very unfair. At this time of the year the sun is very low at 4pm...  44

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a.jumper [846 posts] 3 years ago
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Sun is low at sunset? Well, that's unexpected, isn't it? If you can't see well enough, slow down until you can! Stop if needed.

It sounds like this driver should be up for two counts of manslaughter but I bet he won't.

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mrmo [2077 posts] 3 years ago
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the guardian report is suggesting the suspect was being followed by a police car and when asked to stop didn't.

I wonder what the penalty for killing drivers is, "it was only in self defence officer."

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 3 years ago
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mrmo wrote:

the guardian report is suggesting the suspect was being followed by a police car and when asked to stop didn't.

I wonder what the penalty for killing drivers is, "it was only in self defence officer."

Just to clarify (as we do in the follow up story), a lot of media outlets are incorrectly reporting that it was a police pursuit; we spoke to Avon & Somerset Police, and it wasn't.

A pursuit needs senior authorisation and the police vehicle would have been following closely, neither of which applied here.

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SPAM Naval [139 posts] 3 years ago
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seriously if this cretin doesn't get done for manslaughter at the minimum we should all be out on the streets protesting that enough is enough and the law is an ass!!

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Dropped [89 posts] 3 years ago
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SPAM Naval wrote:

seriously if this cretin doesn't get done for manslaughter at the minimum we should all be out on the streets protesting that enough is enough and the law is an ass!!

You're right, we should be on the streets protesting about all the injustices. It makes me froth at the mouth and think seriously about imposing my own penalties should such a tragedy befall family or friends of my own. I certainly wouldn't rely on the CPS filth or magistrate scumbags (and it is them that are at fault). The law is there it just isn't being implemented or the correct penalties are not being imposed. Remember if you go for a swim and hold up some pointless posh boys rowing event you get 6 months and £750 costs.

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zeb [49 posts] 3 years ago
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a.jumper wrote:

Sun is low at sunset? Well, that's unexpected, isn't it? If you can't see well enough, slow down until you can! Stop if needed.

It sounds like this driver should be up for two counts of manslaughter but I bet he won't.

I was being sarcastic. The sun excuse has been used many times so far and I would not be surprised his lawyer plays this card again.