Updated: Two cyclists killed in Bristol hit and run

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

by Tony Farrelly   January 27, 2013  

Broken bike (CC licensed image by garryknight, www.flickr.com)

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."

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

posted by Arthur Scrimshaw [46 posts]
27th January 2013 - 21:32

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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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posted by PhilRuss [279 posts]
27th January 2013 - 22:24

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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

posted by robert.brady [146 posts]
27th January 2013 - 22:50

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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.

posted by georgee [137 posts]
27th January 2013 - 23:04

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You could admit to a crime and the CPS would say there was insufficient evidence to bring a case.

I'm a human being, God damn it! My life has value. I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.

posted by Carl [134 posts]
27th January 2013 - 23:19

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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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posted by big mick [176 posts]
27th January 2013 - 23:45

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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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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
28th January 2013 - 7:52

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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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posted by andrew miners [46 posts]
28th January 2013 - 9:59

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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 Thinking

posted by SideBurn [790 posts]
28th January 2013 - 10:54

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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... Liar

posted by zeb [46 posts]
28th January 2013 - 11:27

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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.

posted by a.jumper [698 posts]
28th January 2013 - 13:15

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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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posted by mrmo [1074 posts]
28th January 2013 - 13:31

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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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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8034 posts]
28th January 2013 - 13:43

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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!!

posted by SPAM Naval [136 posts]
28th January 2013 - 14:31

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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.

posted by Dropped [34 posts]
28th January 2013 - 20:07

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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.

posted by zeb [46 posts]
29th January 2013 - 7:38

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