Speeding motorist who killed cyclist escapes jail

By Neil Logan

A speeding motorist who ran into and killed a pedestrian as she crossed the road has escaped jail because there was no official 30mph limit sign on the road.

Michael Campbell, aged 40, was travelling at 41-49mph in a 30mph zone when he knocked down 44-year-old Jaye Bloomfield in Manchester, who was wheeling her bicycle across a pedestrian crossing. He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was facing up to 14 years in prison. However the Crown Prosecution Service that no further action would be taken against Mr Campbell because there was "no specific sign to indicate the speed limit was 30mph" as a sign had been "incorrectly placed by contractors".

Referring to a red unofficial speed limit sign put on the road by contractors, Mr Campbell told the inquest into Ms Bloomfield's death that he "did not notice the red sign" and didn't think it was "very visible".

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