Fatal accident in Oslo to the Supreme Court

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Flowers were laid where a female cyclist died in 2022. Photo: NTB

The Supreme Court’s appeals committee has decided to hear a case to determine whether a lorry driver can be convicted of the negligent killing of an electric cyclist in an accident in Oslo.

Monday 13 May at 16:24

The fatal accident occurred at an intersection on St. Hanshaugen in Oslo on 21 April 2022. The woman rode her electric bicycle to the right of the lorry and ended up in the lorry’s blind spot. The truck had to give way.

In January, the lorry driver was sentenced in the Borgarting Court of Appeal to 60 days’ unconditional imprisonment and three years’ confiscation of his driving licence.

When the Oslo district court heard the case last year, the driver was only convicted of negligence in traffic. The district court emphasized that it was in the middle of rush hour and there was a complicated traffic situation at the intersection between Ullevålsveien and Waldemar Thranes gate.

At the same time, there was a window of four to five seconds where the driver should have seen the cyclist.

The man then received a 36-day suspended sentence.

In the judgment of the Court of Appeal, however, the conclusion was that the approximately five critical seconds cannot be characterized as a “short-term misallocation of attention”.

The article is in Norwegian

Norway

Tags: Fatal accident Oslo Supreme Court

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