Man charged over Sussex cyclist death; Scottish campaigners call for change after weekend fatality; Cheltenham woman in serious condition

A man has been charged over a crash on Friday night in which a cyclist was killed. A 27-year old woman from Kingsfold, West Sussex died at the scene when she and her bicycle were hit by the car on the A 29 near Pulborough.

Samuel Kirk, 26 of Billingshurst has been charged with charged with driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.

Two other people arrested in connection with the crash, a 22-year-old woman and a 17-year-old man, have been released without charge.

Police are also appealing for further witnesses to anyone who was travelling on the A29 around 8pm. Officers want to speak to a cyclist who was seen in the area and would have seen the collision.

Sergeant Stewart Goodwin from the road policing team said: "The cyclist we would like to speak to was travelling north on the A29 but we have no further description of them at all. However they are a key witness to what happened and we urge them to get in touch.

"Anyone who has not spoken to us is asked to contact us on 101 or email collision.appeal [at] sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Barnward."

In Scotland, campaigners call for action after death

It was the first of two cyclist deaths on Britain’s roads over the weekend. On Saturday morning a woman cyclist died at the scene after being hit by a Vauxhall Corsa on the B9102 near the Dandaleith junction north of Craigellachie in Moray, Scotland.

Sally Hinchcliffe of the Pedal on Parliament cycle campaign group called on the Scotish Government to properly investigate traffic collisions and their underlying causes.

"One of the big problems is we don't get to hear the detail of how these accidents came about," she said. "The police will investigate criminality. But there is no real analysis of why the accident came about, in terms of looking at the roads, to highlight the blackspots.

"In Sweden and the Netherlands examinations of the roads or junctions are carried out, traffic speed is analysed and maps are drawn up which show the black-spots. But this mapping doesn't happen so much in Scotland. Sweden has a Zero Death policy. That's what we need here."

Cheltenham cyclist in serious condition

In a third serious incident over the weekend, a woman from Charlton Kings in Cheltenham is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a white Ford Transit on the A40 on Friday evening.

The collision happened at approximately 8pm on the A40 London Road shortly past the junction for Hales Road. Both the van and the injured woman were travelling towards Charlton Kings.

The cyclist, a 37-year-old woman, was taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

Following the collision a 24-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Police are eager to hear from any witnesses to the collision they haven’t yet spoken to and ask that anyone with information call Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 499 of September 27.

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