Case Study

Driver guilty of causing A444 cyclist's death by careless driving

Incident date: 
Thu, 1 Nov 2012

A driver who knocked over and killed a cyclist at a pedestrian crossing in Coventry has been found guilty of causing death by careless driving.

Craig Mulligan, aged 34, was riding across a pedestrian crossing on the A444, near the junction of Waterman Road, Stoke Heath, at 7.39pm on November 1, 2012, when he was hit by a car.

He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries five days later.

Police investigated the crash and Rouguiatou Fofana, 34, of Treforest Road, Stoke Aldermoor, was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Coventry Crown Court heard that even though the lights on the pedestrian crossing had turned to red Fofana made no attempt to slow her car down.

She was travelling between 32-38mph before the lights changed. The speed limit on that part of the road is 30mph.

Yesterday jurors at Coventry Crown Court found Fofana guilty of causing death by careless driving.

She will be sentenced on April 4.

Ian Crooks, of West Midlands CPS, said: “A prudent and careful driver would have had time to see the victim crossing the road and they would have stopped or swerved in order to avoid colliding with him.

“From police investigation as well as witness statements, it became apparent that Fofana was travelling above the speed limit and when the cyclist came into her vision.

“The emergency services were called and Mr Mulligan was taken to a hospital with severe injuries. His condition deteriorated and he died five days later.

“This situation arose due to the fact that Fofana did not have her full attention on the road at those few seconds before the collision.

“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Mulligan.”

  • UPDATE (07/04/14)

Rouguiatou Fofana was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two year at Coventry Crown Court. Fofana was also ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and she was disqualified from driving for three years.

She was also ordered to pay £2,000 costs at a rate of £100 per month.

Fofana, who is originally from Guinea, has never apologised for the crash. She maintains that the lights were on green when the collision took place.

Ben Williams, defending, said: “It’s a fact of the rules of the road that a cyclist should not be using a pedestrian crossing.”

Judge Phillip Gregory retorted: “So what? It might have been a child using the crossing and been wiped out by your client.

He added: “I have never seen an expression of regret from her.”

CTC's view: 

It is bewildering why the CPS didn’t decide to prosecute the driver for causing death by dangerous driving. Surely driving at almost 8 miles above the speed limit and not making any attempt to slow down for a pedestrian crossing or red light is dangerous!

The level of danger caused by this irresponsible driving, even though not considered dangerous by the CPS, should be reflected in sentencing.

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