A 43-year-old lorry driver has been charged with causing death by careless driving in connection with a collision involving a lorry and cyclist Charlotte Landi in London last year.
Mrs Landi, aged 36 and a teacher at the Hampshire School in Chelsea, died in hospital on 27 September 2017 as a result of injuries sustained in the collision, which happened at the junction of Grosvenor Road and Chelsea Bridge.
The Metropolitan Police Service confirmed today that Jason Edmunds from North Crockerford, Basildon had been charged with causing death by careless driving.
Edmunds, who had been arrested at the scene on the day of the collision on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and subsequently released under investigation, is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 19 October.
The fatal crash happened on the route of Cycle Superhighway 8, one of the first generation of such routes with a blue painted surface and no physical segregation to protect cyclists at that point.
Following Mrs Landi’s death, the campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists held a vigil and die-in in her memory outside Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall.
The group’s co-founder, Donnachadh McCarthy, said at the time: “She was a beautiful young woman just trying to go to work at her school.
“This junction needs to be protected but it’s being opposed at the consultation level in the boroughs,” he added.
The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea has opposed plans for segregated cycling infrastructure elsewhere within its boundaries.
The proposed segregated Cycle Superhighway 9 route from Brentford to Kensington Olympia will end at the borough’s western boundary rather than continuing for 2 kilometres eastwards along Kensington High Street.
That would have provided a link to the existing east west Cycle Superhighway 3, which runs along the southern side of Hyde Park before swinging north towards Bayswater Road close to the Royal Albert Hall
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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.