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Blackfriars Bridge scooter rider gets seven months

A motor-scooter rider who was involved in a fatal collision with a pedal cyclist on Blackfriars Bridge in February 2003 has been jailed for 7 months for failing to stop at the scene and not reporting the collision.

The pedal cyclist, 61-year-old Kim Thi of Southwark SE1, died two weeks later from the injuries he sustained in the collision.

The motor-scooter rider, a 17 year old from Kennington, had previously been found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of careless driving, driving without insurance, driving without a licence and speeding. For these he received a 2 year driving ban, endorsements on any susequent driving licence and was fined 900. The seven months imprisonment given by the City of London Magistrates Court is the maximum sentence available for these two offences.

The collision between the youth and Mr Thi occurred when both were travelling northbound on Blackfriars Bridge at about 6am on Thursday 6 February 2003. Even though the scooter had sustained significant damage the rider failed to stop, leaving Mr Thi fatally injured. City of London Police put out appeals for the rider to come forward and he attended the police station the next day after pressure from his parents.

This news comes days before the first anniversary of the death of cyclist Vicki McCreery in a collision with a bus on Blackfriars Bridge.

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