Alex Bowden March 28 2017
Cycling UK’s Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF) has again appealed for funding ahead of the private prosecution of a driver involved in a fatal collision with a cyclist. Next Monday (April 3), Gail Purcell will go on trial at the Old Bailey for the collision that resulted in the death of Michael Mason after over £80,000 was raised through crowd funding.
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 Purcell, even though she could not explain why she had failed to see him when many other witnesses had.
Following donations to the Justice For Michael campaign, CDF launched what is believed to be the first private prosecution brought in England and Wales for causing death whilst driving.
In a hearing last year, Purcell pleaded not guilty to causing death by careless driving, and the case was subsequently listed for a six day trial.