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Driver in France who parked van in cycle lane guilty of cyclist's manslaughter

25-year-old victim was hit by a lorry as she tried to ride round illegally parked vehicle

A van driver in France who parked his vehicle on a cycle lane, forcing a cyclist to move onto the main carriageway where she was killed after being struck by a lorry, has been handed a sixth month suspended prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

The fatal crash that claimed the life of a 25-year-old woman happened in the city of Strasbourg, eastern France, in August 2015, reports

In January this year, a court in Strasbourg found both the driver of the van and the lorry driver guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Both the van driver, who said he had parked to unload goods to take them to a nearby warehouse, and the driver of the lorry, were given six-month suspended prison sentences this week.

The incident happened on the city’s Avenue de Colmar where there is no physical separation between the cycle lane and the main carriageway, although it does in some places have parking bays between the cycle lane and the footway.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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