Lorry owner fined £4000 for killing James Berry

Posted: September 5, 2008 in cycling, Road, Safety
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The company whose lorry that shed a wheel that killed schoolboy cycling star James Berry, was fined £4000 after admitting two offences of keeping a vehicle in a dangerous condition. The lorry was found to have 28 additional defects and was unfit to be on the road.

Earlier this year, two mechanics that carried out repairs to the vehicle two days before the incident were cleared of James Berry’s manslaughter.  It was also revealed that police discovered that the owners of the tipper truck, operated by Island Drainage and Groundwork Ltd, kept no specified maintenance records for the vehicle

The wheel came off the truck and rolled across the road striking James on the head as he was returning from a training ride with a group of riders including Mark Cavendish. James, who was 13, died from his injuries the following day.

Sadly, two and half years since the tragic killing James on December 29, 2005, the new Transport Act has still not been made law due to delays in enacting transport legislation in the Manx Government.

A sad state of affairs for legislation once again in the UK! And a measly £4000 fine – they are obviously not serious about this at all?

  1. Fixup says:

    Jesus christ 😦

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