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Driver acquitted of killing cyclist after Crown Prosecution Service offers no evidence

Decision taken in light of forensic collision investigators' report into fatal crash in Cumbria last year...

A  driver has been acquitted of killing a cyclist in Cumbria after the Crown Prosecution Service decided to offer no evidence at his trial.

Nathan James Holme, aged 24 and from Kendal, had pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing of causing the death through careless driving of Joseph Eric Park on 7 March 2018.

Mr Park, aged 74 and known as Eric, died in a collision involving Mr Holme’s Audi A3 on the A6 in Church Street, Milnthorpe, reports The Westmoreland Gazette.

Mr Holme had been due to stand trial today at Carlisle Crown Court.

However, Nicola Gatto, prosecuting, told Judge Nicholas Barker that the CPS had decided to offer no evidence against the motorist in the light of a report compiled by forensic collision investigators appointed by both the prosecution and defence.

“As such my instructions are to offer no evidence,” she told the court.

Addressing Mr Holme, Judge Barker said: “In those circumstances I return a verdict of not guilty.

“That results in this matter coming to a conclusion. You are discharged and can leave the dock.”

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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