Lorry driver involved in 2009 cyclist fatality questioned by police over recent pedestrian death: Green Party reaction

27 October 2011

Responding to reports that the same driver that pleaded guilty to driving with defective vision when cyclist Eilidh Cairns was crushed under the wheels of a tipper truck he was driving in Notting Hill Gate in 2009 was also questioned by the police in connection with the death of 97-year-old Nora Guttman after a collision with a lorry in Marylebone, central London, in June this year, the Green Party has called for a tougher response to dangerous driving and more action on keeping pedestrians and cyclists safe.

Green Party London Assembly Member Jenny Jones said: "If the same driver whose actions resulted in the death of a cyclist has now been involved in the death of a pedestrian this year, severe faults must exist in the system's response to fatalities on the roads.

"Profound change remains required in the way we approach road safety and dangerous driving if we are to avoid yet more needless deaths."

Green Party activist and Islington pedestrian campaigner Caroline Russell said: "Dangerous driving must be taken more seriously by the justice system. If we are to halt the current spate of tragic road deaths, we must learn the lessons from each case."

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