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Cyclist Who Died In Road Accident Named

Thursday January 19 2012

THE FEMALE cyclist from Barnsley who died after a road accident that happened in South Hiendley on Friday has been named by police.

Maria Micklethwaite, 36, of Carlton, Barnsley, was involved in the accident with a Ford Focus at around 3.25pm on Slack Lane at the junction with Church Lane.

She died from her injuries. Tributes have been flooding in for Maria, who had apparently only recently married.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101.

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Reply Posted by Cycleman on Tuesday January 24 2012 at 07:14
As a keen cyclist I have visited the scene to pay my respects to Maria where I found the police markings suggest that the car was on the wrong side of the road. I hope the driver understands the pain caused by this lazy action. 

Reply Posted by on Tuesday January 24 2012 at 07:22
Cyclists are always in the wrong according to drivers, but in this case the markings definately look like the car was in the wrong. Lets see what happens.

Reply Posted by Cycleman on Tuesday January 24 2012 at 07:24
Let's hope the jury see the real picture

Reply Posted by on Tuesday January 24 2012 at 07:30
I'm sure they will, if the police markings are anything to go by it looks like this driver was at fault. Hope they realise how much pain they have caused.

Reply Posted by Ian Brett Cooper on Tuesday January 24 2012 at 13:34
That intersection is very dangerous to cyclists due to the angled approaches to slack lane from Church Lane, which are built for speed and not for safety. On both approaches to Church lane, there are obstructions which obscure sight lines around the corner where a left-turning driver is going to be going.

The design encourages drivers to take these turns at speed while only looking for traffic to the rear and without checking what slower moving vehicles might be in front of them as they make the turn. If it turns out that Maria was killed at this intersection, I wouldn't be surprised if she was killed as a result of this poorly designed junction.

Reply Posted by Cycleman on Wednesday January 25 2012 at 07:22
Surely, if you can't see where you are going then you slow down. That is simply good driving. Everyone should drive to the conditions and within margins of safety. Not to do so would be driving carelessly and without consideration.

The juction could be a contributing factor, but the driver has to actively engage with the flaws in the design of the junction for it to come into play.

Reply Posted by midwife on Wednesday January 25 2012 at 23:00
Driver to blame or not to blame!!! this tragic accident and loss of such a beautiful women has left a gap in the live's of many.... If the driver is to blame lets hope that the legal framework deals with the driver appropriatley!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Mauricecrossley on Sunday January 29 2012 at 15:23
As a keen cyclist and triathlete for over 20 years,I know only too well how dangerous it can be out there,my Heart goes out to Maria's family at this sad time. If this driver is at fault lets hope he is subjected to the full force of the law. All too ofern drivers who kill cyclists walk away with nothing more than a small ban and fine. 

Reply Posted by Rotherham on Sunday January 29 2012 at 19:07
gob smacked to read this sad loss she was a lovely lady and a realy good midwife with lots of support she help delever my daughter just before xmas.all my condolances go out to her family and i hope the driver gets what he or she deserves

Reply Posted by Cathy Haigh on Sunday January 29 2012 at 22:15
Goodbye Maria xx sad loss xx

Reply Posted by OlearyD352 on Thursday February 16 2012 at 16:28
You say you hope the driver "gets what they deserve" You do know it was the drivers
fault then do you ? Surely the facts need to be known before making such a statement.

Reply Posted by Catherine Davies on Saturday August 24 2013 at 00:33
Just to update - my sister was the cyclist involved and today the driver has been found not guilty at leeds crown court. My family are devastated at the unnecessary loss of Maria.