There are many rules to follow while on the road to ensure the safety of yourself and other traffic participants. As a 17-year-old teenager found out, small mistakes, such as opening a car door at the wrong moment, can also be illegal and even turn out deadly.
In the morning of May 4, a teen opened the car door at Cambridge Roundabout in London which resulted in a motorcyclist in his 50s colliding with the door. Sadly, the injuries were fatal despite immediate treatment, and he died the same day at 8:57 am.
Based on suspicion of opening the door to danger, the 17-year-old passenger has been arrested and remains in custody awaiting trial.
While the driver of the involved vehicle stayed at the scene and helped the cops with understanding what happened, they are hoping that more eyewitnesses will step forward.
“There are still witnesses who have not yet come forward that we would very much like to speak to. If you have any information; no matter how small, please do contact us,” the investigating officer, Detective Constable Amy Trencher, pleads.
“We are also appealing for any motorists who may have captured the collision on a dash cam to contact police without delay,” he continued.
In the UK, drivers’ prosecutions are managed by the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986. According to the Highway Code Section 239, all passengers are obliged to “ensure you do not hit anyone when you open your door. Check for cyclists or other traffic.”
Furthermore, anyone failing to comply with this regulation is instantly guilty of an offense and may be subject to sentences that include penalties of around £1,000 notice. Since this case resulted in a fatality, however, it is bound to be accompanied by an extra twist or two.
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