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Inquest into Paula Jurek's death postponed as police take 7 months to consider charging driver

Still no decision as to whether lorry driver will be charged in connection with 20-year-old student's death...

A coroner’s inquest into the death of Paula Jurek, the cyclist killed in a collision with an HGV in North London in April, has been delayed because police and the Crown Prosecution Service have not yet reached a decision over whether to charge the lorry driver involved.

Ms Jurek, a travel and tourism student at London Metropolitan University, died at the junction of Camden Road and St Pancras Way. At the time, the 65-year-old driver of the lorry was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. He was later released on bail, reports the Camden New Journal.

Despite seven months having passed, police have not yet decided whether to press charges and a spokesman told the newspaper on Monday that there was “no update” on the situation.

The inquest into her death had been due to open at St Pancras Coroner’s Court on Thursday 10 November, but has now been postponed.

Camden Cycling Champion Councillor Paul Braithwaite said: “There’s been no action seven months after this sad fatality. This is a disgrace. If we are to avoid more deaths like Ms Jurek, we need action now.”

The newspaper reported that a white ghost bike put up at the site where Ms Jurek died had been targeted by thieves, who had taken its wheels.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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