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Lorry driver in Mary Bowers case appears before magistrates

Accused will return to court next month to be committed for crown court trial

The lorry driver whose vehicle struck Times journalist Mary Bowers as she rode to work near the newspaper’s Wapping headquarters last November has appeared in court after being charged with dangerous driving in connection with the incident.

Romanian national Petre Beiu, aged 39, who was charged with the offence last month, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court yesterday, speaking only to confirm his identity reports ITV.com.

Beiu, who has not as yet entered a plea, will return to court on 22 May for committal to trial at a crown court. District Judge Gary Lucie granted the defendant bail, requiring him to surrender his passport and imposing a condition that he does not drive a heavy goods vehicle in the meantime.

In February this year, as a direct result of the incident that left Ms Bowers in a coma, The Times launched its Cities fit for Cycling campaign which has since been the subject of a parliamentary debate and has been influential in pushing the issue of cycle safety up the political agenda.

Simon joined road.cc 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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