St Albans driver faces a summons for causing death by careless driving

PUBLISHED: 11:59 11 August 2016

Gale Purcell, 58, of Colney Street, was the driver involved in the death of cyclist Mick Mason on February 25, 2014.

Gale Purcell, 58, of Colney Street, was the driver involved in the death of cyclist Mick Mason on February 25, 2014.

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A motorist from St Albans faces a summons for causing death by careless driving after the case was brought as a private prosecution by a cyclists defence fund.

Gale Purcell, 58, of Colney Street, was the driver involved in the death of cyclist Mick Mason on February 25, 2014.

The 70-year-old London teacher was cycling north on Regent Street from Oxford Circus in London when he was involved in an accident with a black Nissan Juke driven by Ms Purcell.

He suffered a serious injury to his brain and never regained consciousness, dying 19 days later.

The Cyclists Defence Fund (CDF) decided to bring a private prosecution after the Metropolitan Police decided not to refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service

CDF brought the private prosecution following donations from more than 1,500 supporters who helped raise over £60,000 towards case costs.

Duncan Dollimore, spokesperson for the CDF, said: “This is an important step towards what we hope will be justice for Mick Mason’s family.”

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