Truck driver denies killing Edinburgh cyclist and father-to-be

Truck driver denies killing Edinburgh cyclist and father-to-beCyclist Stuart Elliott, who was killed in a collision in Portobello

John Crowe is alleged to have caused the death of Edinburgh university student Stuart Elliott by colliding with expectant dad at a busy junction at Portobello in March last year. Crowe, from Kirkcaldy in Fife, is said to have driven an HGV without due care and attention by failing to carry out sufficient mirror checks before striking the cyclist. Prosecutors also claim the 59-year-old trucker used his mobile phone while driving his vehicle and attempted to pervert the course of justice by deleting WhatsApp from his device.

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Crowe appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to three serious charges.

A debate into the allegations is set down at the Scottish capital court for later this month. The lorry driver is due to appear back in court next month. Crowe denies causing the death of Stuart Elliott by during an HGV without due care and attention and failing to carry out mirror checks and failing to observe Stuart Elliott on his bike and colliding with him at Portobello High Street and Sir Harry Lauder Road in Edinburgh on March 13 last year.

The truck driver is also facing allegations of using a mobile phone while driving his vehicle and of intending to pervert the court of justice by deleting the WhatsApp application from his phone on the same date. Stuart Elliott, from Edinburgh, was a PHD student and was expecting his first child with partner Pamela Birnie when he was knocked from bike. The accident happened at the junction of Sir Harry Lauder Road and Portobello High Street and the road was closed off for four hours as investigations were carried out.

The 40-year-old father-to-be was studying violence prevention at Edinburgh University. Following Mr Elliott’s death, a GoFundMe page was set up by friends. The appeal managed to raise a massive GBP21,624 to help support his family.

A post on the page, which is now longer accepting donations, read: “There was no one that Stuart loved more than his partner Pamela and their soon-to-be-born baby. “They had just moved house and Stuart was planning on figuring out how to slow down his PhD as needed so that he could be the best father possible. “He was on the verge of a new and exciting life chapter that made him very happy when he was tragically taken from us after a collision with a lorry while cycling to his office.”

The message added: “He has had a profound impact on so many people that even though he was taken suddenly and far too early, his presence will be felt throughout our lives.” Following Mr Elliott’s death, his family released a statement that read: “Stuart was a PhD Student at Edinburgh University studying innovative approaches to violence prevention in humanitarian settings. “His partner and family would like to thank the emergency services, members of the public and an off-duty policeman for their time and efforts at the scene.

“Stuart’s death has come as a complete shock and the family are devastated.

He will be greatly missed by family, friends and university students old and new.”

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