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Guernsey judge criticises road layout as lorry driver acquitted of causing cyclist's death

David Allison lost his life in April last year when lorry turned across his path

A judge in Guernsey has criticised the layout of a road and cycle path where a bike rider was killed in a collision with a lorry in April last year.

David Allison, aged 59 was riding on a shared-use footpath at Salerie Corner, St Peter Port, when a lorry turned into an entrance. The cyclist braked, but was thrown underneath the vehicle.

This week, lorry driver Nigel Simon, aged 50, was acquitted of causing death by dangerous driving as well as the lesser charge of driving without due care and attention, reports BBC News Guernsey.

Summing up the case, Judge Sir Christopher Pitchers commented on "the odd configuration of carriageway where cycle path merges with footpath... [its] meaning was so obscure that policemen had to call the Environment Department for clarification of the lines."

During the trial, the prosecution claimed that the driver had failed to take account of blind spots in his mirrors prior to the fatal collision.

The court was also told that Mr Allison was travelling faster than the lorry immediately prior to the crash.

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