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Driver charged with manslaughter after open car door leads to death of cyclist

Driver of vehicle whose opened door caused Sam Harding to swerve into path of London bus appears before magistrates

A 32-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death on London's Holloway Road of cyclist Sam Harding last August, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.

Mr Harding, aged 25, died after being struck by a bus when he swerved to avoid the open door of a parked car. According a report in the to the Islington Tribune in the week following his death, a 31-year-old motorist was arrested at the scene and bailed to return at a later date.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed to that the man charged in connection with Mr Harding's death was the motorist in charge of the parked car.

According to a report on the Cycling Intelligence blog at the time, the door was actually opened by a child who was in the vehicle, although that is unconfirmed.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: "Traffic officers investigating the death of a cyclist in Holloway in August last year have charged a man with manslaughter.

"Kenan Aydogdu, 32 (1/1/80) of no fixed abode appeared in custody at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Corner on Tuesday, 31 January charged with the manslaughter of Samuel Jack Harding, 25, in Holloway Road on 6 August 2011.

"He was remanded on bail to appear at the Old bailey in June 2012 (date to be confirmed).

Aydogdu was arrested at the scene on 6 August and had been on bail pending further enquiries. He returned on Monday, 30 January when he was charged as above."


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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