Driver acquitted in crowd-funded prosecution relating to cyclist’s death

Old Bailey jury finds driver not guilty of causing the death by careless driving of cyclist Michael Mason after Cyclists' Defence Fund brings private prosecution

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A driver accused of causing the death of a cyclist by careless driving has been found not guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey after the case was brought to court by a landmark private prosecution.

Gail Purcell, 58, of St Albans appeared at the Old Bailey after the Cyclists' Defence Fund (CDF) had brought a private prosecution against her for causing the death of cyclist Michael Mason, 70, due to careless driving. The CDF – which is part of Cycling UK – had raised £80,000 from members of the public to assist in funding the case.

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