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Driver accused of killing Frank Mugisha in court

CYCLIST: Mugisha died after being hit by a motorist

YESTERDAY A driver charged with killing a cyclist by dangerous driving appeared in court.

On April 2, 2012, 41-year-old Frank Mugisha died as a result from injuries inflicted when knocked off his bicycle and ran over by a motorist, who is alleged to be Jonathan Baird, 63, of Margaret Avenue in Waltham Forest. The fatal incident occurred days before, on March 27, in Great Cambridge Road, Tottenham, north London.

Baird made his court appearance at Haringey Magistrates Court in Highgate at 10 am.

Mugisha, a father-of-four, was a sports coach from Enfield, north London. According to his brother-in-law, he was a keen cyclist who owned multiple bikes and had been cycling in the capital for over five years.

The trial comes after the London Assembly recently put mayor Boris Johnson under pressure to act over the alarming increase of cyclists injured on London’s streets.

A new report, called ‘Gearing Up’, found there had been a 50 percent increase of cycling injuries sustained in London since 2006. The assembly’s transport committee urged Johnson to make his pledge of a cycling revolution “more ambitious.”

The figures show there was a total of 2,958 cycling injuries in 2006, 19 of them fatal. In 2011, a total of 4,497 injuries were recorded, 16 resulting in the loss of life.

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