Driver whose taxi struck and killed Burry Stander found guilty

Reports from South Africa indicate that Njabulo Nyawose has been convicted of culpable homicide and failing to obey a traffic sign

The taxi driver whose vehicle hit Olympic mountain biker Burry Stander on January 3 2013 has reportedly been found guilty of causing his death in a South African court.

25-year-old Stander, who was also the 2009 under-23 mountain bike world champion, finished fifth in the cross-country event at London 2012.

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He was struck while cycling with his wife on South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, and died at the scene.

Njabulo Nyawose pleaded not guilty of culpable homicide, but after a trial that experienced a series of delays, African news service News24 reports that he was convicted on Friday at Port Shepstone Magistrates’ Court by Magistrate Charmaine Barnard.

The case has been remanded to May 27 in preparation of sentencing.

According to Eyewitness News, Stander’s widow Cherise Taylor-Stander, herself a professional cyclist, said afterwards: “I’m very emotional at this stage, but happy with the verdict.

“I think the fact that he was found guilty is very good. He ultimately made a mistake that day, and it won’t bring Burry back but it’s definitely justice for him.”