Lorry driver pleads guilty to causing the death of Claire Hitier-Abadie

19 February 2016

Alan Warwick today pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, admitting causing the death of Claire Hitier-Abadie in Victoria, London, on 19 February 2015. He will be sentenced in April.

Nonetheless, ITV continue to report the incident as “an accident [in which] Claire Hitier-Abadie‚Ķcollided with the construction vehicle”.

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  1. Tulyar 10 March 2016 7:10am #

    The vehicle was operated by Gordons and was fitted with all the recommended bells & whistles for cyclist safety. Informal reports are that many of the HGV drivers working on the TfL site at Victoria (rebuilding the underground station concourse) have been concerned about the poor sightlines and lack of clear road markings & signage created by the massive disruption this work was causing to the movement of vehicles and people.

    Unlike so many fatal crashes, where the driver has to be flagged down or stops well after the point of impact Warwick brought his truck to a stand very promptly, but sadly too late to avoid the fatal injuries.

    Examining the arrangement at this corner it immediately becomes noticeable that 1) the 10 ft high hoardings with a large timber baulk at the bottom close in the road space with no escape route on to a footway or even a barrier that can be jumped over. 2) on the approach to this left turn the solid hoarding almost completely masks the view of what is immediately around the corner 3) the clearances to get a large vehicle around the corner not only leave no space between the vehicle and hoarding as the turn is made, but have a closing ‘squeeze’ movement as the drivers ‘miss’ the barrier against the pedestrian route on the offside and swing round the apex of the hoarding line on the nearside.

    On a photographic survey – with a modern low cab HGV – the LCC group had first hand experience of the dreadful signage that could see late lane changes and missed turns for all road users on Bressingham Place. An objective investigation, such as would be carried out independently, and published, for a rail incident would have examined in detail the full range of potential causal factors, and included the layout of hoardings and road markings (or total lack of them at times). With the hoardings so close to the trucks any nearside detection system would have been continuously triggered by false alerts.

    That said a YouTube posting did show a few very foolish cyclists squeezing up between the hoarding and a truck indicating a left turn, and held at the lights

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