A lorry driver involved in the death of a cyclist will not be prosecuted, I can reveal.
The 41-year-old, who has not been named, had been on police bail since the crash last September that resulted in the death of Chiara Giacomini, 30.
Ms Giacomini, pictured above, who lived with her sister Serena in Dulwich, was killed in collision with a Mercedes lorry in Thurlow Park Road, West Dulwich – ironically on the day that Boris Johnson unveiled new safety measures for HGVs.
A Scotland Yard spokesman told me that a file had been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service but a decision had been made not to press charges.The spokesman said:
No further action will be taken against a 41-year-old man who was arrested.
The case is the latest where an investigation into a cyclist’s death has ended with a decision not to prosecute. Last week I revealed that the CPS had decided not to charge the HGV driver involved in the death of nursing assistant Maria Karsa at Aldgate last September.
The decision not to prosecute is likely to have been a result of a lack of evidence from the collision and/or a judgement from investigators that the driver had not broken the law. The driver had been due to answer bail on May 14. Checks subsequent to this date revealed that charges were not being pressed.
An investigation carried out over Christmas found that drivers involved in the death of London cyclists between 2010 and 2012 had been jailed on four out of 40 occasions.
Ms Giacomini began working for a photography studio in Dulwich shortly before her death. Prior to that she had worked at Tate Britain and Tate Modern for eight years.
No date has been set for the inquest to reopen at Southwark coroner’s court. Her father Gio said: “I can’t say anything yet because we have not had the inquest.” Her partner, actor Charlie Hotson, declined to comment.
Ms Giacomini was born in Guildford and took a BA in digital screen arts at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, now the University for the Creative Arts, in Farnham.
At a church ceremony in her parents’ hometown in Kingsbridge, Devon, after her death, she was described as creative and “totally full of imagination”, with a strong interest in fashion and photography. She was said to “get on her bike at any opportunity”.