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Cyclist initially charged with involuntary GBH may face more serious charge

According to a the grandson of the bus passenger injured on Saturday when a cyclist allegedly swerved into the path of the bus on which he was travelling, he has died of his injuries.

Chris Gurton contacted road.cc via Twitter to tell us that his grandfather had never regained consciousness after the incident.

Mr Gurton this afternoon posted on his blog:

After a week in intensive care and with no brain activity being shown on scans, and advice and consultation with the Neurologist, the decision was made today to turn off my Grandfather’s life support machine and he sadly passed away at about 1pm this afternoon. Despite the hospital’s best efforts to save him, it was of the opinion of the Neurologist, that Grandad had technically died on the Saturday morning during the incident on the bus. This case will now be referred to the coroner and the police.

I’d like to thank everyone for all the kind messages during this difficult time.

Rest In Peace Grandad. You will be greatly missed.

The incident happened at 10.45 on Saturday morning on North Avenue Chelmsford, with the cyclist fleeing the scene on foot prior to officers arriving, leaving behind his bike, which had been damaged in the collision with the bus.

Officers from Essex Police’s Serious Collision Investigation unit subsequently traced the man concerned who was charged with dangerous cycling and involuntary grievous bodily harm. It is possible that will now be increased to a more serious charge such as involuntary manslaughter.

A police spokesman quoted by Anglia TV at the time of the first reports of the incident said, “The allegation is that the cyclist caused the bus driver to brake heavily and as a result the passenger was injured.”

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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

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