Alex Bowden February 24 2017
On the third anniversary of the collision that resulted in the death of Michael Mason, the Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF) has renewed its appeal for funds. In five weeks’ time, the private prosecution it has brought will finally come to trial at the Old Bailey.
Mason died in hospital in March 2014 just days after his 70th birthday from injuries sustained when he was hit from behind by a car on London’s Regent Street 19 days earlier.
The Metropolitan Police declined to prosecute the driver involved, Gail Purcell, even though she could not explain why she had failed to see him when many other witnesses had.
Following work from CDF, the Metropolitan Police seemingly changed its position in March 2015 and said it would refer the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions. Five days later, that statement was withdrawn – without first notifying Mason’s family.
CDF have since commenced a private prosecution of Purcell for causing death by careless driving. Purcell pleaded not guilty at a hearing before the Old Bailey in October, with a trial set for six days beginning on April 3.
“My father’s death still touches every part of our lives and our long drawn-out attempts to get some measure of justice remains painful,” said Mason’s daughter, Anna Tatton-Brown. “The ongoing support offered us by the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, and the many people who have donated money, is an ongoing source of support and solace.”
Further donations can be made via the Justice for Michael fundraising appeal.