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Marie Vesco Inquest

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  • Tony Green
    Last Thursday I attended the inquest into the death of Marie Vesco. It must have been a very traumatic day for her mother, father and other family members who
    Message 1 of 475 , Feb 17, 2009
      Last Thursday I attended the inquest into the death of Marie Vesco. It must
      have been a very traumatic day for her mother, father and other family
      members who were present.

      My overall view is that the Coroner and police have no idea of what it's
      like to be a cyclist. They gave a 'windscreen perspective' view of cycling.
      I do not agree with the coroner's narrative verdict; an 'open verdict' would
      have been a fairer conclusion.

      This group of young people were cycling from London to Brighton to take part
      in a demonstration at EDO. They were unfamiliar with the area and only ended
      up on the A23 due to poor cycle route signing (apparently the police have 40
      minutes of CCTV footage of the cyclists prior to this tragedy). However it
      is legal to cycle on this road and therefore due care should be taken of
      cyclists.

      Highway Code Rule 212 - When passing motorcyclists and cyclists, give them
      plenty of room (see Rules 162-167). If they look over their shoulder it
      could mean that they intend to pull out, turn right or change direction.
      Give them time and space to do so.

      Clearly, due care was not taken by the drivers who collided with Marie. The
      drivers gave differing accounts as to their speed (60 & 70mph) and whether
      they were in the slip lane or not. Evidence from her cycling companions was
      that the cars came from lanes 2 or 3 and not the slip lane.

      Marie was looking over her shoulder and had crossed the slip lane and
      entered the hatched area when she was hit.

      She was probably focussed on vehicles coming from behind her (i.e. in the
      slip lane) and not expecting cars to cut across at the last minute from
      lanes 2 or 3. The first car overtook Marie clipping her in doing so which
      caused her to fall from her bike. The second car then hit her. Marie was
      still under that car when it came to a halt.



      Tony Green



      http://www.bricycles.org.uk/



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      Sent: 14 February 2009 16:58

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      Subject: [brighton_area_cyclists] from the Argus



      Tributes paid to student killed on bike



      10:30am Saturday 14th February 2009

      By Richard Gurner >



      The family of a French cyclist killed as she was riding along the A23

      to an EDO protest have paid tribute to her.



      Marie Vesco, who was a week away from her 20th birthday when she died

      at the roadside, was described by her family as "a brilliant pupil."



      In a statement, the family said: "Her intellectual ability did not

      prevent her from dreaming and hoping for a better world. She was an

      idealist who wanted to change the world, by raising awareness about

      and fighting against injustices such as conflicts, poverty and

      wasting resources.



      "What she liked about England was that it was the country of freedom

      of expression and she soon found friends who shared her vision of the

      world and a boyfriend she loved and who loved her. She always led her

      battles with full respect for others and the laws of the country.



      "She died during the 'Week of Peace'."



      An inquest into Miss Vesco's death, held at Haywards Heath Town Hall,

      was told the student died after a collision involving two vehicles on

      the southbound carriageway at the Hickstead turnoff near Burgess Hill

      on June 4 last year.



      A politics student at London Metropolitan University, she was a keen

      cyclist and was making her way from London to Brighton to take part

      in a protest against the weapons parts manufacturer EDO.



      The inquest was told how the group of cyclists Miss Vesco was

      travelling with had tried to keep to cycle paths but had managed to

      get on the A23 due to poor signage.



      She was hit by two cars as the group passed a slip road.



      Recording a narrative verdict, West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield

      said: "Marie Vesco was in collision with a Ford Galaxy motor vehicle

      whilst cycling south on A23 to Brighton.



      "This caused her to fall to the ground. She was then struck by a Ford

      Mondeo motor vehicle. As a result she sustained fatal injuries. It

      would appear that either singularly or jointly, Marie Vesco and the

      drivers of the motor vehicles have misjudged the others' intended path."





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    • Alan (Fred) Pipes
      Lights on bikes make us have fits, say Brighton and Hove epileptics 2:40pm Thursday 28th January 2010 Print Email Share Comments(4) By Tim Ridgway » Cyclists
      Message 475 of 475 , Jan 28, 2010
        Lights on bikes make us have fits, say Brighton and Hove epileptics

        2:40pm Thursday 28th January 2010

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        By Tim Ridgway »

        Cyclists are being urged to stop using fast-flashing bike lights over
        fears they could trigger epileptic fits.

        The Brighton and Hove branch of Epilepsy Action, the group which
        represents hundreds of thousands of people who suffer from the
        condition, expressed its concern about the rapidly flickering beacons
        after several of its members experienced problems.

        The organisation said the lights cause people with the condition to
        feel ill and disorientated adding it could trigger partial seizures
        and full-blown convulsions.

        In a letter addressed to Brighton and Hove cycling group Bricycles,
        the branch requested cyclists in the city ditch the flickering lights
        in favour of a continuous shining lamp.

        The group said action needed to be taken about both rear and front
        lights.

        Chris Juden, of CTC, the UK’s national organisation for cyclists,
        said people using bikes had to balance "possible discomfort" for
        pedestrians against the risk of traumatic injury or death for cyclists.

        Mr Juden added steps, such as a law stating lights cannot flash more
        than four times a second, had already been taken to avoid triggering
        epilepsy.


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        Alan (Fred) Pipes FRSA
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