/ Tandem crash deaths bristol
I know, it's just so sad.
Very sad indeed.
I see the bloke theyve charged had a no license, a driving ban, was evading police, and naturally no insurance.
Poor buggers. Just about to start IVF and their lives in front of them. Be interesting to see just how lenient the sentence will be, because it will be.
Unfortunately the UK has a terrible record of punishing drivers who kill cyclists, so I doubt he'll get what we (or the victim's loved ones) might consider a suitable sentence.
Heres some examples of the kind of justice cyclist road death victims can expect:
And here a list of cyclist killed by motorist in the last few years in the UK and the sentences received. 26 deaths, 11 custodial sentences, maximum of 4 years. 4 f**king years! As many people were given community service as locked up.
To me it suggests a number of things. That we have such a car centric society that road deaths are considered inevitable and no-one (beyond those immediately involved) gives f**k about it, that our criminal justice system isn't fit for purpose, and that cyclist are generally a maligned 'out group' and as such are held in contempt by most jury's and probable a few judges. It makes me so f**king angry, and feel sick for the poor f**kers involved (the cyclists that is, the motorist responsible can go f**k themselves). sorry for the rant, but there you are.
That is a deeply unfair assessment. Road deaths should only be punished according to the crime that caused the death. I don't believe that the outcome of a crime should necessarily be the defining factor affecting the sentence greatly, but the intention or degree of negligence should. A simple driving error (that we all make) could kill a cyclist, but there is no intention to kill or drive badly, therefore a lighter sentence is appropriate. Willfully flouting laws is a different matter and should be treated much more severely.
There was a case a couple of years ago, where a cyclist caused the death of a passenger on a bus and ended up with a fine of £250. Rare event no doubt, but I don't think that it is a specific problem with the sentencing of motorists.
As others have said, the outcome of the crime influences sentences, but the crime itself is more important. Unfortunately, minor errors have the potential for very serious outcomes when motor vehicles are involved.
That event altered his life forever. And 18months inside didnt help anybody.
Dont take these statistics at face value, circumstances can vary greatly with each incident.
Awful story about the tandem. Really saddening.
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