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 20minutes.fr.


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.

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.