Maria Bitner-Glindzicz: Clerkenwell cyclist’s death sees no prosecution
26 April, 2019
Maria Bitner-Glindzicz died following a collision in September last year
NO ONE will be prosecuted over the death of a cyclist after a man charged with “opening a vehicle door to endanger a person” died before a court case was heard, it was revealed this week.
Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz, a 55-year-old doctor and researcher at Great Ormond Street Hospital who specialised in curing childhood deafness, died following a collision in St John Street, Clerkenwell, in September last year.
A 43-year-old man, who has not been named by police, was charged in connection with her death earlier this month and was due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on April 12.
A Met Police spokeswoman, however, said this week: “At court, the case has been discontinued after evidence was provided that the defendant had died.”
The case against another driver involved in the collision was “discontinued” because “it did not meet the evidential test and therefore there would not have been a realistic prospect of conviction”, according to a spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service.
An inquest into the scientist’s death, scheduled for March 13 at Poplar Coroner’s Court, was delayed while the CPS made its decision. A new inquest date has not been announced.
Family, friends and former colleagues of Professor Bitner-Glindzicz have raised just over £50,000 for charities in her memory, including London Air Ambulance and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.