Motorist found guilty of killing cyclist

04/02/2014

A female motorist who knocked over and killed a cyclist at a pedestrian crossing has today been found guilty at Coventry Crown Court of causing death by careless driving.

Rouguistou Fofana, aged 34, was driving her Toyota Corolla motor car along the A444, Phoenix Way in Coventry on 1 November 2012, which has a variable speed limit. At 19:39 she approached a pedestrian crossing near to the junction of Waterman Road where the speed limit is 30mph. 

At the same time, 34-year-old Craig Mulligan was on his bicycle and waiting for the lights to change in order to cross the road. As the defendant approached the pedestrian crossing the lights changed to amber and subsequently they changed to red. However, Fofana made no attempt to slow her car down, which at this stage was going between 32 and 38mph.

As soon as the lights changed to red, the victim entered the road and it was at this point that the defendant's car collided with Mr Mulligan, knocking him to the ground resulting in him receiving serious injuries.

He was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital, Coventry where he would die from his injuries five days later.

Following a police investigation, Fofana was arrested and charged with causing death by careless driving.

The defendant will be sentenced on 4 April 2014.

Ian Crooks, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"A prudent and careful driver would  have had time to see the victim crossing the road and they would have stopped or swerved in order to avoid colliding with him.

"From police investigation as well as witness statements, it became apparent that Rouguiatou Fofana was travelling above the speed limit and when the cyclist came into her vision, the defendant was unable to stop her car which resulted in the collision. 

"The emergency services were immediately called and Mr Mulligan was taken to a local hospital with severe injuries. His condition deteriorated and he died five days later.

"This situation arose due to the fact that Fofana did not have her full attention on the road at those few seconds before the collision. The law imposes a responsibility on drivers to recognise the dangers created by not taking sufficient care over the safety of other road users.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Mulligan."