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Motorist found not guilty of manslaughter in connection with death of London cyclist

Court had been told that tinting on windows reduced driver's visibility to 17 per cent of what it should have been...

A motorist from Surrey who was alleged to have opened his car door in the path of a cyclist without looking, causing him to be killed under the wheels of a bus behind him, has been acquitted of manslaughter at the Old Bailey, reports the BBC.

The victim, 25-year-old Sam Harding, had been due to move in with his girlfriend on the day he died in August last year in the incident on Holloway Road, north London.

Kenan Aydogdu, aged 32 of Hindhead, Surrey had denied the charge of manslaughter at his trial, in which the prosecution maintained that visibility from the Audi car he had bought a month earlier had been reduced to 17 per cent of what it should have been after he applied tinting film to the windows.

The verdict has been returned on the same day that the lorry driver in the Mary Bowers case was found not guilty of dangerous driving, but guilty of careless driving, in connection with the incident last November that left the Times journalist with life-changing injuries.

 

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