April 29, 2013


Nicholas Lovell, 38 from Oldland Common has admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of driving whilst disqualified after he collided with two cyclists.

Ross Simons, 34 and his wife Clare, 30 both died at the scene after their tandem bike was struck. The pair had been together several years, married for 18 months and friends say where just embarking on IVF treatment to complete their family.

Lovell, was banned from driving at the time of the accident and fled from the crash scene. Louise Cox, 35 who was in the car at the time of the accident has admitted perverting the course of justice after she gave police a false name and description when asked who the driver of the vehicle was.

Det Ch Insp Rachel Williams of Avon and Somerset Police said: “This collision was caused by Nicholas Lovell, a disqualified driver who got behind the wheel of the car and drove at speed, before losing control and striking the couple while they cycled….Nicholas Lovell then ran away from the scene in a bid to escape.”

She hopes that the guilty pleas from both Lovell and Cox reflect that they have taken some responsibility and she hopes the pleas will provide some comfort to their families.

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