Killed cyclist’s helmet “smashed to bits” by slow moving van, court hears

Driver thought he had hit a bus signpost

A court has heard how a hi-viz, helmet wearing cyclist was killed in heavy traffic by a van’s wing mirror.

Southampton Crown Court heard how David Irving, 48, from Wimborne, Dorset, was cycling in Southampton when the collision happened on 17 December 2012.

The court heard how Irving, who was wearing an orange high-visibility jacket, an LED trouser clip and a helmet, was on a three-lane road when he was hit by a Ford Transit minibus being driven by Steven Petterson, 38, of Waterhouse Lane. Petterson said he thought he had hit a bus signpost.

Petterson denies causing death by driving without due care and attention, reports the BBC.

The prosecuting solicitor told the court that Irving’s helmet was “smashed to bits”. A post-mortem concluded that Irving’s injuries were consistent with being hit by a wing mirror. 

Petterson said visibility was reduced that morning by the low sun, but he believed he was "driving carefully", and had been forced to slow down because of heavy traffic.

The trial continues.

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