Truck driver who killed cyclist spared jail after guilty plea

Brian Dorling died instantly after the crash at Bow roundabout.

Brian Dorling died instantly after the crash at Bow roundabout. Photo:

A tipper truck driver has been spared jail after pleading guilty to killing a cyclist at a roundabout in Bow in 2011.

David Cox, 49, admitted causing the death of Brian Dorling, 58, by careless driving at Inner London Crown Court on Tuesday July 23.

He was given a prison sentence of 24 weeks, suspended for a year, a driving ban of two years and 100 hours of community service.

The senior cost consultant for the Olympics site collided with Cox’s lorry as both jumped a red light at Bow roundabout as Dorling cycled to work. He was dragged under the lorry as Cox turned left onto the slip road of the A12 carriageway northbound.

Dorling was pronounced dead at the scene having suffered multiple injuries from the collision.

Speaking at the time of Dorling’s death, Helen Lambert from the Metropolitan Police’s Road Death Investigation Unit said: “Brian Dorling’s family have been left devastated by his untimely and sudden death. This was a tragic incident involving two different road users and it highlights the vulnerability of cyclists who ride alongside large vehicles.”

Following the incident, Dorling’s wife Debbie said she did not want a custodial sentence for Cox.  “You can see he’s remorseful and see that he’s haunted. He is a broken man. Putting him in prison is not going to achieve anything.”

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