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Leigh Day to challenge decision not to prosecute lorry driver

Ying Tao was killed after she was knocked off her bike and run over by a tipper truck in Central London

Ying Tao

29 July 2016

Law firm Leigh Day have announced they will be writing to the City of London police asking them to review their decision not to prosecute a lorry driver who killed a 26-year-old Strategy Consultant last year following a collision with a tipper truck at Bank Junction in Central London.

Ying Tao was cycling from Clerkenwell to her job at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London Bridge, where she had worked for three years, when the collision happened on 22 June 2015.

A three-day inquest at City of London coroner’s court this week heard how the rear wheel of Ms Tao’s bicycle came into contact with the front of the lorry driven by Lee Williams that was turning across her path.

Ms Tao, who was originally from Nanjing in eastern China, had a degree in economics from Cambridge and a masters from Oxford, fell and was run over by the lorry. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest heard how Mr Williams had indicated left 1.4 seconds before pulling off when the lights changed. Sally Moore, from law firm Leigh Day, who is representing the family of Ms Tao said:

“Having carefully considered the police collision investigation and sat through the three-day inquest, we will be writing to the City of London Police on behalf of Ms Tao’s family requesting that they review their decision not to bring criminal charges against the driver.”

The City Police collision investigator PC Tim Harryman told the Court that Ms Tao was in the wrong gear, had placed herself in an unsafe position in a bike lane beside the lorry and had been too slow to move off when the lights changed. He told the court: “I don’t believe it’s a careless act... it’s a very busy junction with lots going on and lots vying for Mr Williams’ attention. I can understand how Ms Tao would have been missed in that situation.”

Ms Moore, head of personal injury team at Leigh Day confirmed that they would also be making a formal complaint following PC Harryman’s evidence. She said:

“We will also be making formal complaint about what appears to be a clear case of victim-blaming."

Ms Tao’s husband Jin Chuan Zhou, a bioscientist at Cancer Research UK, told the Standard newspaper:

“Given the evidence that has been shown in court it’s hard to understand why there was no prosecution.”

Deputy coroner Dr Roy Palmer yesterday found Ms Tao, an Oxbridge graduate and strategy consultant who had been cycling to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London Bridge on June 22 last year, died as a result of a road traffic collision.

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