A cyclist was found guilty of careless riding in an accident that killed a motorcyclist

A cyclist was found guilty of careless riding in an accident that killed a motorcyclist

A cyclist who failed to check if the road was clear before turning right at an intersection, causing the death of a motorcyclist, has been found guilty of negligent cycling.

Gary Copanicia-Reynolds, of Poole, Dorset, was fined £2,500, the maximum possible penalty for the reckless and reckless cycling offense, at Poole Magistrates Court yesterday.

The 59-year-old cyclist was turning right at a busy signal-traveled junction toward Fernside Road, at 7 a.m. on December 21, 2021, when his bicyclist was hit by Calum Clements, who was traveling directly from the opposite direction at the junction.

Clements, 23, was killed in the collision, while Copanecia Reynolds has suffered life-changing injuries, the Bournemouth Echo reports.

In court yesterday, Kopanycia-Reynolds denied cycling carelessly and without reasonable regard to other road users (a less serious charge than the more serious cycling offense of reckless and furious driving, which can result in a prison sentence).

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However, County Judge Michael Snow ruled that the cyclist had failed to properly check if the road was clear before turning right at the intersection, into Mr. Clements’ path. While both men were traveling through the green lights, the motorcyclist had the right-of-way as he was continuing straight from Longfleet Road to Ringwood Road.

“When [the defendant] Judge Snow said, referring to footage of the accident captured by a truck driver’s cameras.

“Obviously he’s not checking. He made a straight turn and at the point he made Callum turn in the same intersection. He didn’t check. I’m scared. He just kept going straight.”

“an absolute tragedy”

Prosecutor Stuart Elcott told the court that while Mr Clements was riding at 40mph in a 30mph zone at the time of the accident, the excess speed could not have been used as part of the cyclist’s defense because the road the cyclist was on was visible for 150 miles. miles per hour. meters from the center of the crossroads.

“Either the defendant failed to see Mr Clements, who was there to be seen at a distance of about 150 meters for about seven seconds, or he saw him and decided to risk turning behind the car in front of him and not stopping and misjudging his ability to do so,” Ellacott said.

When asked why he made a right turn as the motorcyclist approached, Mr Cobanice Reynolds – an enthusiastic cyclist who knows this route “by heart” – replied: “I made that turn because I clearly felt that I had the space and time to make that safe maneuver.” “.

“I wouldn’t have attempted it unless I was going to make it safely.”

He also told the court that he was “absolutely” sure the maneuver was safe and that he saw the motorcyclist’s lights coming from the opposite direction but believed they were “far away”.

Judge Snow, who called the accident an “utter tragedy”, accepted that the defendant was generally a competent and careful cyclist, but concluded that his actions on that particular day fell short of these standards.

Kopanycia-Reynolds was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £450 in costs and an additional victim cost of £190.

“It wasn’t Callum who made the wrong decision, but he paid the biggest price.”

Reading the victim’s personal statement in court, Mr Clement’s mother described the 23-year-old as someone who “was full of life and lived for the moment”, and who will now miss watching his six siblings grow up and start his life. his own family.

Addressing the accused, she said: “These are moments that you stole not only from Callum, but from his friends and family.

“That day my son died and a part of me died with him. I will never be the same person I was before.”

She also claimed that the law failed Callum and argued that cyclists should be more accountable for their actions on the road.

It wasn’t Callum who made the wrong decision, but he paid the biggest price. “He lost his life,” she said.

Police Constable Lianne Howes, of Dorset Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Team, said in a statement: “This is a very sad case where the Callum family have lost a loved one and the cyclist involved has sustained significant life-changing injuries.

“Our investigation was able to establish that the defendant clearly turned in front of the motorcycle, which had the right of way, which led to the collision.

“This is evidence of the really severe consequences that can be caused to any road user who fails to provide adequate care and attention.”

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