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Sister's fury at coroner's failure to prevent more cyclist HGV deaths
Wednesday 16 Nov 2011
One of the Levenes Partners, Kevin O'Sullivan, recently represented the family of a cyclist killed by a HGV driver in a judicial review, attempting to bring about measures to improve safety for all cyclists in London.
Kate Cairns said family and friends of her sister Eilidh, right, who was killed in Notting Hill in February 2009, had been left in a state of “incredulity and disbelief” at coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe’s belief there was not a “systematic problem” with cyclists being killed by lorries.
Eilidh Cairns Since Ms Cairns, 30, an experienced cyclist, was hit by a 32-tonne tipper truck as she cycled to work, 21 cyclists have been killed by HGVs in the capital. Yesterday the High Court rejected Kate Cairns’s demand to reopen the inquest. See here for the full judgement.
Kevin O'Sullivan, ''We're gutted at the court's decision but hopeful that the new investigation by the police will get closer to the truth than the original one. Until the law wakes up to the reality that cycling fatalities don't just happen, families like the Cairns' will continue to search for an explanation for what became of their loved one.''
The full article was on the London Evening Standard.
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