Lorry driver in court following cyclist death at Dalston Junction

A lorry driver has appeared in court following the death of a Hackney cyclist after a collision in Dalston.

Simon Weatherley, 52, is accused of driving a goods vehicle without the required mirrors.

Daniel Cox, 28, of Lower Clapton Road, was fatally injured in a crash with a large Mercedes truck at Dalston Junction during the rush hour on February 2.

The aspiring art curator and bartender was taken to The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, in a critical condition, but died two days later.

A brightly decorated ghost bike – a white bicycle covered in tributes and flowers – still stands at the site of the collision.

After his death, Daniel’s mother Christine said: “Dan was a very special, unique and generous person who spread warmth and joie de vivre to everyone he met.

“We cannot comprehend that a life that shone so brightly and inspired so many has come to such a tragic and untimely end.”

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Mr Weatherley, of Bromley, Kent, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Friday (August 26) charged with using a goods vehicle without the obligatory mirrors.

He pleaded not guilty and was bailed to return for a committal hearing on October 14.

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