Monday, 24 September 2018

Parents of cyclist ‘let down’ by verdict

THE parents of a Henley man whose girlfriend was killed in a road accident have told of their disappoiment after

THE parents of a Henley man whose girlfriend was killed in a road accident have told of their disappoiment after the woman charged with causing her death walked free.

Denisa Perinova, 21, suffered head injuries after falling from her bike during a ride with boyfriend Ben Pontin in July last year and died in hospital a week later.

Helen Measures, 51, from Pishill, was charged with causing death by careless driving but was acquitted by a jury at Oxford Crown Court last week.

Miss Perinova, a Czech waitress, lived with 36-year-old Mr Pontin in Highlands Lane, Henley.

His parents, Alan and Carol Pontin, of Mill Lane, Henley, said: “Our thoughts and prayers should go out to Denisa’s parents, Jiri and Martina, at this devastating time for them.

“Having waited 15 months for justice, their view is that this has not been forthcoming for their beautiful daughter.

“Jiri and Martina are decent, honest and intelligent people who are massively appreciative of our police, the air ambulance, the work of our dedicated health services and the support they have received in this country.

“While growing up under a largely communist state they had much admired and envied the world-renowned British justice system.

“How very sad it is that it has let them and Denisa down so badly.”

During the week-long, the jury heard how Dr Measures, a drugs researcher, was overtaking two other cyclists on the B480 outside Stonor and was in the middle of the road when the accident took place.

Mr Pontin managed to safely pass Dr Measures’ Mini but Miss Perinova wobbled and fell from her bike. It is not known whether she hit the car.

Dr Measures, a mother-of-four, told the court she had been driving with due care and attention and said: “I can’t help it if a cyclist falls off as I’m approaching and falls into my line of travel.”

Judge Patrick Eccles QC told the jury they would have to consider whether Dr Measures’ driving was careless and set in motion a chain of events which led to Miss Perinova’s death.

The jury took just under four hours to return a unanimous verdict of not guilty on what would have been Miss Perinova’s 23rd birthday.

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