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Widow to sue council over pot hole death

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

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The widow of a charity cyclist who died after hitting a pothole while on his bike says she has "been left no option" but to sue a council.

Martyn Uzzell, of Clevedon, Somerset, was killed in 2011 while on a fundraising ride from Land's End to John o'Groats with two friends.

The accident involving the 51-year-old happened on the A65 in Giggleswick, North Yorkshire, after he hit a ditch in the road and was thrown into the path of a car.

An inquest into his death heard North Yorkshire Council had missed opportunities to repair the road – and the pothole had been the cause of the crash.

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The hearing was also reportedly told a policeman had told the council about the hole, but the message had not been passed on.

Mr Uzzell's widow Kate told the BBC she was angry because her husband's death was totally preventable.

She also said she would be taking civil action against the unitary authority after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to press corporate manslaughter charges.

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  • StanStill  |  March 11 2014, 9:33AM

    I have told my local council 4 times over pot holes on a certain bridge in Weston super Mare, and after 3 months they are still there. The councils just don't seem to care and are more than happy to pay out compensation for damage to vehicles, rather than fill in the pot holes.