Driver that killed Lisa Pontecorvo had removed mirror
27.03.09 by Buffalo Bill
At the end of this month, legislation making ‘blind-spot’ mirrors, which eliminate the blind-spot to the left and front of a driver’s cab (in right hand drive vehicles), compulsory on all lorries/HGVs/LGVs registered in the EU since 2000, will come into force. This legislation which eliminate the principle defence of lorry drivers give in court, when accused of causing the death of cyclist, ie ‘s/he was in my blind-spot’.
In a related story, it seems that the driver that killed Lisa Pontecorvo on the Holloway Road last year had just such a mirror fitted, but removed it days before the fatal collision. According to this report from the inquest
Detective Sergeant David Hindmarsh, of the police collision investigation unit, said: “The vehicle should have had a close proximity mirror fitted but it was not. The mirror was damaged on the Thursday [before the tragedy] and was removed by the driver. He did nothing about it. The summons [for causing death by dangerous driving] will have been issued by now. I would imagine it will go to Crown Court.”
Coroner Dr Andrew Reid explained how the mirror, which should have been over the windscreen facing downwards, could have saved Ms Pontecorvo’s life. He said: “It is a mirror to give the driver a view of people who do not come up to the level of the window. I am obliged to adjourn the inquest. When the prosecution is concluded I will make a decision to resume. I have taken sufficient evidence that the cause of death was multiple injuries.”
The operator of the truck was Hanson, one of whose vehicles killed Emma Foa in 2006.
A spokesman for the company said the truck was operated by a franchisee, adding: “We have very clear health and safety regulations for trucks which we expect drivers to adhere to. That includes these mirrors”.
Not good enough. You would have thought that after the death of Emma Foa, they would have redoubled (or even retripled) their efforts, rather as Cemex has.
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