Bristol tandem hit and run driver charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving

Man charged over deaths of tandem riding couple

The man arrested by police after he handed himself in at a Bristol police station following the deaths of a couple riding a tandem in an incident on the outskirts of Bristol has been charged with two counts causing death by dangerous driving and will appear before North Avon Magistrates Court on Wednesday 30th of January.

38-year-old Nicholas Lovell has also been charged with driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Ross and Clare Simons who had been married for 18 months were killed on Sunday afternoon in Hanham on the eastern fringes of the city when the tandem they were riding was struck by a citroen car in the Lower Hanham Road, they both died at the scene from their injuries.

On Monday Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that not long before the fatal collision a patrol car had asked the driver of the Citroen involved to pull over, but he had refused to do so instead driving off. According to the police the officer then followed the vehicle but almost immediately lost sight of it and was not in pursuit of it when the fatal collision occurred.

A 35 year old woman also arrested in connection with this collision remains on police bail.

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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