Cyclist David Irving died on Mountbatten Way after being hit by van driven by Steven Petterson, Southampton inquest told

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A CYCLIST was killed when he fell into on-coming traffic moments after being clipped by a mini-van, an inquest heard.

Devoted family man David Irving died while cycling to work on Mountbatten Way in Southampton on the morning of December 17, 2012.

The inquest heard how Mr Irving, 48, of Leigh Road, Wimborne, was hit by wing mirror of a Ford Transit mini-van driven by Steven Petterson in the inside lane of the carriageway.

The impact caused Mr Irving to fall into the path of a Mercedes coupe driven by Robert Fairbairn, causing fatal injuries, the inquest heard.

PC Edward Wilson, accident investigator at Eastleigh police station, said there was low sun at the time of the collision.

He said: “While the low sun and the elevated perception of Mountbatten Way was undoubtedly an issue for drivers on the morning of the incident, it does not account for the Ford driver's failure to identify the cyclist as a hazard at an earlier stage.”

The inquest heard how Mr Petterson did not realise he had hit Mr Irving and stopped to check the van in a lay by further down the carriageway.

Mr Petterson was charged with causing death by dangerous driving but cleared after a trial.

Recording a verdict of death due to a road traffic collision, deputy coroner Gordon Denson said: “This is just one of those instances where you cannot comprehend what the future will hold when you wake up that morning.”

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7:04pm Thu 15 May 14

bigfella777 says...

Shocking
Shocking bigfella777
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8:06pm Thu 15 May 14

Richard 51 says...

Motorist 1 Cyclist 0
it is about time cyclists got a better deal when it comes to accidents like this it seems today if you want to kill someone and get away with it kill a cyclist.
Motorist 1 Cyclist 0 it is about time cyclists got a better deal when it comes to accidents like this it seems today if you want to kill someone and get away with it kill a cyclist. Richard 51
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8:29pm Thu 15 May 14

downfader says...

Richard 51 wrote:
Motorist 1 Cyclist 0
it is about time cyclists got a better deal when it comes to accidents like this it seems today if you want to kill someone and get away with it kill a cyclist.
The average recorded punishment for a driver proven to have caused a death of a rider - a £300 fine and a 6 month ban, usually with the ban cancelled

The average recorded punishment for a cyclist proven to have killed a pedestrian - £2200 fine with half doing a prison term for Wanton (which can be a 2 year sentence)

The risk of a driver killing compared to a cyclist? ...over 2000:1
[quote][p][bold]Richard 51[/bold] wrote: Motorist 1 Cyclist 0 it is about time cyclists got a better deal when it comes to accidents like this it seems today if you want to kill someone and get away with it kill a cyclist.[/p][/quote]The average recorded punishment for a driver proven to have caused a death of a rider - a £300 fine and a 6 month ban, usually with the ban cancelled The average recorded punishment for a cyclist proven to have killed a pedestrian - £2200 fine with half doing a prison term for Wanton (which can be a 2 year sentence) The risk of a driver killing compared to a cyclist? ...over 2000:1 downfader
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8:35pm Thu 15 May 14

Joseph Public says...

Richard 51 wrote:
Motorist 1 Cyclist 0
it is about time cyclists got a better deal when it comes to accidents like this it seems today if you want to kill someone and get away with it kill a cyclist.
You cannot honestly believe what you have posted, so why post it? Wishing to provoke the usual boring motorist vs cyclist responses, no doubt.
[quote][p][bold]Richard 51[/bold] wrote: Motorist 1 Cyclist 0 it is about time cyclists got a better deal when it comes to accidents like this it seems today if you want to kill someone and get away with it kill a cyclist.[/p][/quote]You cannot honestly believe what you have posted, so why post it? Wishing to provoke the usual boring motorist vs cyclist responses, no doubt. Joseph Public
  • Score: 1

8:55pm Thu 15 May 14

IronLady2010 says...

Richard 51 wrote:
Motorist 1 Cyclist 0
it is about time cyclists got a better deal when it comes to accidents like this it seems today if you want to kill someone and get away with it kill a cyclist.
Are you serious?

We all share the roads and we should do it in the knowledge everyone is an idiot. That way, you can't go wrong.

Cars, we see boy racers or even old men wannabees. Cyclists, some are decent but then you get the chavs, we can't afford to be stupid. Take everyone as an idiot and you can't go far wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Richard 51[/bold] wrote: Motorist 1 Cyclist 0 it is about time cyclists got a better deal when it comes to accidents like this it seems today if you want to kill someone and get away with it kill a cyclist.[/p][/quote]Are you serious? We all share the roads and we should do it in the knowledge everyone is an idiot. That way, you can't go wrong. Cars, we see boy racers or even old men wannabees. Cyclists, some are decent but then you get the chavs, we can't afford to be stupid. Take everyone as an idiot and you can't go far wrong. IronLady2010
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1:59pm Fri 16 May 14

Richard 51 says...

Joseph Public wrote:
Richard 51 wrote:
Motorist 1 Cyclist 0
it is about time cyclists got a better deal when it comes to accidents like this it seems today if you want to kill someone and get away with it kill a cyclist.
You cannot honestly believe what you have posted, so why post it? Wishing to provoke the usual boring motorist vs cyclist responses, no doubt.
No I'm just telling it how it is, van hits cyclist and carries on driving
[quote][p][bold]Joseph Public[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard 51[/bold] wrote: Motorist 1 Cyclist 0 it is about time cyclists got a better deal when it comes to accidents like this it seems today if you want to kill someone and get away with it kill a cyclist.[/p][/quote]You cannot honestly believe what you have posted, so why post it? Wishing to provoke the usual boring motorist vs cyclist responses, no doubt.[/p][/quote]No I'm just telling it how it is, van hits cyclist and carries on driving Richard 51
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7:54pm Fri 16 May 14

biggus2 says...

If you read the article properly The van driver was found Not Guilty at court. End of story no matter how tragic. The job of the police is to get it into court.
The only way to get a different result is to have a jury full of cyclists. We all share the road a little more tolerance of each other and give cyclists more room when you overtake. My old instructor said see how much room they need then double it.. If there is on coming traffic don't try to squeeze past. Give them the whole lane if needs be.
If you read the article properly The van driver was found Not Guilty at court. End of story no matter how tragic. The job of the police is to get it into court. The only way to get a different result is to have a jury full of cyclists. We all share the road a little more tolerance of each other and give cyclists more room when you overtake. My old instructor said see how much room they need then double it.. If there is on coming traffic don't try to squeeze past. Give them the whole lane if needs be. biggus2
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8:43am Sat 17 May 14

southamptonadi says...

biggus2 wrote:
If you read the article properly The van driver was found Not Guilty at court. End of story no matter how tragic. The job of the police is to get it into court.
The only way to get a different result is to have a jury full of cyclists. We all share the road a little more tolerance of each other and give cyclists more room when you overtake. My old instructor said see how much room they need then double it.. If there is on coming traffic don't try to squeeze past. Give them the whole lane if needs be.
The sad fact is no one does. Anyway the driver did not see him so couldn't give enough room. Another case of SMIDSY sorry mate I dident see you.

Is there a legal basis here or shouldn't the coroner have done this before the trial so he could give evidence of his findings
[quote][p][bold]biggus2[/bold] wrote: If you read the article properly The van driver was found Not Guilty at court. End of story no matter how tragic. The job of the police is to get it into court. The only way to get a different result is to have a jury full of cyclists. We all share the road a little more tolerance of each other and give cyclists more room when you overtake. My old instructor said see how much room they need then double it.. If there is on coming traffic don't try to squeeze past. Give them the whole lane if needs be.[/p][/quote]The sad fact is no one does. Anyway the driver did not see him so couldn't give enough room. Another case of SMIDSY sorry mate I dident see you. Is there a legal basis here or shouldn't the coroner have done this before the trial so he could give evidence of his findings southamptonadi
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