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Driver cleared over cyclist's death

By Emily Pennink

Published 01/04/2016

The widower of a young cyclist knocked down and killed by a lorry at a notorious junction collapsed in tears as the driver walked free from court
The widower of a young cyclist knocked down and killed by a lorry at a notorious junction collapsed in tears as the driver walked free from court

The widower of a young cyclist knocked down and killed by a lorry at a notorious junction collapsed in tears as the driver walked free from court.

Vincent Doyle (45) failed to spot German postgraduate student Janina Gehlau (26) in the cycle lane as he manoeuvred his massive Foden truck to turn left at busy Ludgate Circus in central London.

Jurors at the Old Bailey were told that he should have been aware she was catching up as he waited for 23 seconds at the red light, having overtaken her just 200 metres before the junction.

If his mirrors were correctly positioned, he would have had her in his sights for three to five seconds before his wheels clipped hers, sending her underneath the vehicle, the court heard.

Doyle denied the charge of causing Mrs Gehlau's death by careless driving on the morning of October 17, 2014.

The jury deliberated for less than an hour yesterday before clearing him.

After the verdict was returned, Mrs Gehlau's family, who sat in court with a German translator, appeared downcast and her husband, Marcel, shook uncontrollably and wept before being led from court.

Judge Gerald Gordon said: "I would like it to be made absolutely clear to the family that the verdict of the jury does not imply any form of criticism of Mrs Gehlau."

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