Jail for driver who hit and killed architect

Karla Roman

Coach driver encroached on official cyclist space

A coach driver who hit and fatally injured an architect cycling to work in east London has been handed a 15-month jail sentence.

Karla Roman, aged 32, died on February 6 last year after the coach Barry Northcott was driving struck her in Whitechapel High Street. Northcott had positioned his vehicle in a “cycle box” designed to place cyclists in a visible position at junctions ahead of other vehicles shortly before the accident, the Metropolitan Police said.

The 40-year-old, of Southover, Bromley, did not see Brazilian national Roman was at his vehicle’s nearside because she was at his “blind side”. When the traffic lights he was waiting at changed, Northcott drove off and the coach’s nearside front wheel went over her.

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