Driver on trial over death of elderly cyclist Audrey Fyfe

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A MAN has gone on trial over an allegation that his supposedly careless driving caused the death of a 75-year-old cyclist.

Gary McCourt, 49, is alleged to have driven without due care and attention at a junction between Portobello Road and Craigentinney Avenue on August 9, 2011.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard the claim today that Mr McCourt was driving a vehicle which allegedly collided with a bike that was being ridden by pensioner Audrey Fyfe.

It is alleged that Mrs Fyfe, of Coillesdene Crescent, then fell to the ground and struck her head following the collision.

The court heard that she died from her injuries two days after the alleged incident.

Mr McCourt, of Niddrie Mill Avenue, pleaded not guilty to one charge of careless driving at the start of the first day of proceedings against him.

He is being represented by defence solicitor Robert Fairbairn.

The court also heard from Mrs Fyfe’s 46-year-old daughter Linda Hamilton.

The building standards surveyor told the court that her mother was a keen biker who would regularly go for rides with her husband.

Mrs Hamilton, a mother of two who also lives in Edinburgh, said her mum was a member of the Cyclists Touring Club.

Mrs Hamilton added: “She cycled most days of her life.”

The trial, which is being heard before Sheriff James Scott, continues tomorrow.