Search

Coach driver who killed cyclist in Whitechapel jailed for 15 months

PUBLISHED: 13:48 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:09 24 September 2018

Karla Roman, 32, died in hospital (Picture: MPS)

Karla Roman, 32, died in hospital (Picture: MPS)

MPS

A coach driver has been jailed for 15 months for causing the death of a cyclist in Whitechapel.

Barry Northcott, 40, caused “devastating injuries” to 32-year-old Karla Roman when he failed to spot her. Picture: Met PoliceBarry Northcott, 40, caused “devastating injuries” to 32-year-old Karla Roman when he failed to spot her. Picture: Met Police

Barry Northcott, 40, caused “devastating injuries” to 32-year-old Karla Roman when he failed to spot her as he turned left into White Church Lane on February 6 last year.

Woolwich Crown Court heard how Northcott, from Bromley, made the “deliberate decision” to ignore road rules by stopping in a cycle box as Ms Roman cycled to work.

The prosecutor described how Ms Roman was “capable of being seen” by Northcott as he was driving the coach, and that Northcott’s manoeuvre of the vehicle “entailed a deliberate decision to ignore the use of the cycle boxes.”

Brazillian-born architect Ms Roman was on her way to work in Shoreditch when she was struck by the coach.

Northcott was convicted last month of causing death by careless driving, which he had denied, having told police that he had made the decision to pull into the cycle box to “avoid being swamped by cyclists.”

Northcott’s barrister, Henry Bentley, told the court that Northcott was “desperately sorry” about Ms Roman’s death.

He spoke of how the father-of-two had remained at the scene after colliding with Ms Roman, and how he had tried to lift the vehicle from her in an attempt to free her after she became trapped under the coach.

He said: “Barry Northcott literally relives the tragic collision every day.”

He also spoke about how Northcott, a former solider who had served in Bosnia, had been suffering with mental health issues since the incident.

Speaking about Northcott’s decision to stop at the cycle box, judge Christopher Kinch QC said: “The purpose is to provide a safe space for cyclists to wait.”

He added: “You failed to see Karla Roman despite driving behind her along the road for 16 seconds, you then failed to see her in the cycle box and failed to pick up on her position while waiting for lights to change.”

As well as the 15 month sentence, Northcott has also been banned from driving for five years and 30 weeks.

Related articles

Latest East London News Stories

17:43

MPs opposing the Brussels Brexit deal joined campaigners converging on east London for today’s rally at the Excel centre calling for a People’s Vote on the controversial agreement being debated in Parliament on Tuesday.

13:00

Thousands campaigners are converging on east London this afternoon for a rally calling for a People’s Vote on Brexit ahead of Tuesday’s crucial vote in Parliament.

08:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.

Brexit continues to dominate the political landscape and Tower Hamlets Council deserves praise for setting up its own commission to examine the potential economic and social impact that leaving the EU will have on the borough.

Fri, 19:00

Mobility scooter and wheelchair users can receive free advice on staying safe while travelling on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).

Fri, 14:25

Cinderella has brought the Christmas panto season to Mile End amid the eternal battle with her Ugly Stepsisters.

Fri, 12:02

Researchers from Queen Mary University have helped create the Xingu Village installation taking visitors to the heart of Brazil’s native communities.

Fri, 12:00

Tower Hamlets has lost 75 pubs although more people are working in the trade, figures have revealed.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now