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The two cyclists killed in A30 Cornwall crash have been named (02/07/13)

Two cyclists have died following a collision involving a lorry near Newquay, Cornwall, police said.

The cyclists, who were from Scotland, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident happened about 08:30 BST on the A30 eastbound at Summercourt, approximately one mile before the Fraddon exit.

  • UPDATE (03/07/13)

The driver of the white Renault Frys Logistics lorry (the lorry was from Launceston, the driver from Holsworthy in Devon) involved in the crash was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The 31-year-old man has been released on bail.

Police have confirmed that one of the cyclists killed in the collision was a 48-year-old man from Edinburgh.

The cyclists have been named as Andrew McMenigall and Toby Wallace. They were riding from lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for the Kirsteen Scott Memorial Trust, set up in memory of one of their ex-colleagues at Aberdeen Asset Management, who died of cancer aged 25.

Their fundraising page can be seen here – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiser…

  • UPDATE (14/05/14)

The lorry driver, Robert Wayne Palmer, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Palmer has also been charged with a further count of dangerous driving in relation to another crash on September 21, 2013, on the A30 near Okehampton.

He has been released on bail to appear at Bodmin Magistrates Court on June 3.

  • UPDATE (01/07/14)

The lorry driver, Robert Palmer, has pleaded guilty to both counts of causing death by dangerous driving on July 2nd last year.

He has also pleaded guilty to the other charge of dangerous driving relating to the incident on September 21st 2013.

He has been released on bail ahead of being sentenced.

The wives of the two cyclists have said that road traffic laws in the UK are too lenient making it difficult or impossible for the families of many road traffic collision victims to secure justice.

According to the Daily Mail, in a joint statement issued after Palmer had pleaded guilty the victims’ widows, Claire Wallace and Anne McMenigall, said: “There are no words to describe the devastation and loss that we, and both families, feel following the deaths of our husbands, they were exceptional and giant men in every sense of the word.

“It is a tragedy that so many other families are also mourning loved ones who have been killed on Britain’s roads, particularly when many of these deaths were completely avoidable.

“So many of these families do not ever see this charge brought against the person who has killed their husband, their child, their brother, their father.

“UK transport laws are lenient, charges are difficult and onerous to attain and less and less resource is being dedicated to road traffic collisions.

The statement concluded: “Toby and Andrew loved cycling, we believe that the rise in the popularity of the sport must be met by those with the responsibility to improve our transport infrastructure and improve education for drivers.”

CTC's view: 

CTC is deeply saddened to hear of the deaths of two cyclists on the A30 in a crash with a lorry.

Cycling on rural A roads carries a risk of death per mile travelled 20 times higher than on urban minor roads, however, the A30 is the quickest and easiest route for those cycling from Land’s End to John o’Groats.

Too often we hear of terrible tragedies like this case occurring on Britain’s busiest roads. CTC has repeatedly called on the Highways Agency to improve conditions for cyclists on its network.

CTC is calling for interim driving bans to be imposed on drivers arrested following crashes which seriously injure or kill another person, so that drivers don’t present an ongoing threat to the public before they are formally charged.

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