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Cornwall police arrest coach driver after two killed in crash

Cornwall police arrest coach driver after two killed in crash

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Police have bailed the driver of a coach which crashed on Tuesday in Cornwall, England, killing two people.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following fatal injury of two elderly women when the coach reportedly hit a wall. A further seven passengers, seriously injured in the crash, were hospitalised.

Devon and Cornwall Police reported being alerted to the incident, about three miles (five kilometres) from the town of Looe, at approximately 1:00pm local time (1200 UTC) on Tuesday. The force arrested the 57-year-old male coach driver from Exeter on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on bail.

The cause of the crash is not yet known although police say they are investigating the incident, in which no vehicle other than the coach was involved. The passengers were travelling on a coach trip from Exmouth to Looe with Age UK.



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February 18, 2013

Police charge man over fatal hit and run in Birmingham, UK

Police charge man over fatal hit and run in Birmingham, UK

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Monday, February 18, 2013

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In the United Kingdom, West Midlands Police charged a 26-year-old man with causing death by dangerous driving after an 80-year-old woman died following a hit and run incident in the Yardley area of the city of Birmingham. The man’s court appearance was scheduled for today.

The woman was hit at approximately 11:30am GMT Saturday while attempting to cross the street on Coventry Road. According to Claire Thomas, speaking on behalf of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, when paramedics arrived at the incident scene they found she had “multiple serious injuries and was in cardiac arrest”. They performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the woman but “despite their best efforts, nothing could be done”, Thomas recounted, and the woman was pronounced dead. As of Sunday evening, the woman had not yet been publicly identified, although police had told her family about her death.

The driver of the vehicle that hit her failed to stop at the scene, according to police. Police said they subsequently discovered a car about six miles from the scene, in the town of Solihull, which they believe is the vehicle used in the incident. The alleged driver of the car turned himself in and was arrested at the police station in the Stechford area of Birmingham.



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January 22, 2011

Police officer charged over double-death crash in Luton, UK

Police officer charged over double-death crash in Luton, UK

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

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Police Constable Kerry Smith, 24, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving over a crash last year in Luton, UK. PC Smith was based in the town at the time and works for Bedfordshire Police.

Smith is accused in the June 4 deaths of Reda Lecheheb and Sidali Melal on Leagrave Road. Both were pedestrians.

The crash was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The IPCC said yesterday that Smith will appear before St Albans Magistrates’ Court on February 9.



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July 19, 2010

One dead after bus and bicycle crash in Hampshire, England

One dead after bus and bicycle crash in Hampshire, England

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Monday, July 19, 2010

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A person has died after being involved in a collision between a bus and a bicycle in Hampshire in the south of England, United Kingdom. The woman, who has not been publicly identified, was cycling in the seaside resort of Southsea when a number 700 Stagecoach single-decker bus, which was travelling from Brighton to Southsea, collided with her bicycle at approximately 1315 BST (1215 UTC) on Saturday. A helicopter transported the woman to Southampton General Hospital, where she died at approximately 1630 BST (1530 UTC) on the same day.

None of the occupants of the bus were injured. The 53-year-old bus driver has now been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Hampshire Constabulary is requesting any witnesses to the accident to contact them. PC Phil Hunt also mentioned: “We are also trying to trace the passengers, who left the scene before we could speak to them.”

The road traffic accident occurred in an area where Portsmouth City Council had been intending to place a new cycle route, but the plans to do so were cancelled last week. The plans, which would have cost £250,000 (US$382,373, 296,481, A$441,126), were said to have been cancelled due to financial difficulties.

Portsmouth Cycle Forum vice chair Jon Spencer has stated: “Sadly, we’ve had to wait less than a week for a brutal illustration of why we need this cycle route.” The vice chair of the local cycling group continued: “The road at Clarence Pier is very narrow, very crowded by parked cars and very busy. It is the most popular part of the seafront but at the moment it is a no-go area for cyclists. The city council are obviously happy for this to remain the case.”

Cquote1.svg This terrible accident is yet another reminder that large vehicles, busy traffic and cyclists are not a happy mix. Cquote2.svg

—John Holland

John Holland, the chair of the Forum, wrote on PompeyBUG, a local cycling Internet forum: “Portsmouth Cycle Forum is very sad to learn of the death in a road accident of a woman cyclist at Clarence Esplanade on Saturday 17 July. Our thoughts lie with her family and friends to whom send our deepest condolences. The cyclist was involved in collision with a bus in the vicinity of Pier Road and Clarence Esplanade, close to Clarence Pier.

“This terrible accident is yet another reminder that large vehicles, busy traffic and cyclists are not a happy mix. Whilst it will be some time before the details are made public, we urge the Portsmouth City Council to press ahead with making this section of our seafront much safer and calmer for all. Almost exactly one year ago, a cyclist was seriously injured Clarence Esplanade when a car reversed blindly from a parking bay into the road.

“Portsmouth City Council is on the verge of postponing Phase 2 of the Southsea Seafront Cycle Route. Had this been in place yesterday then this awful incident might have been avoided. We urge councillors to think again. A safe and segregated cycle route can be built – one which doesn’t loose any car parking, one which doesn’t stop people looking out to sea from their cars, one which doesn’t involve cycling on the promenade. We will be pushing hard for this – we don’t want any more injuries and fatalities on our seafront roads.”



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