A Gloucestershire woman has been charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the deaths in January of tandem cyclists Ross and Clare Simons, who were killed when they were hit by a Citroën Picasso car on Lower Hanham Road, Bristol in January.
Louise Cox, aged 35 and from Oldland Common, is the second person to be charged in connection with the incident, and will appear at North Avon Magistrates’ Court next Monday, reports This Is Bristol.
The driver of the vehicle, 38-year-old Nicholas Lovell, also of Oldland Common, handed himself in to police two days after the incident, which took place on the afternoon of Sunday 27 January, and was charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, as well as driving without insurance and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.
Ross Simons, aged 34, and his wife Clare, aged 30, both died at the scene from their injuries. The couple, who had been married for 18 months, had learnt the day before their death that they had been approved for fertility treatment.
CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor Allie Longhorn commented: "We have worked closely with Avon and Somerset police since this tragic incident.
"Following their extensive investigation I have now decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge Louise Cox with perverting the course of justice."
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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.