This was cycling’s worst tragedy for many years. The four cyclists from Rhyl Cycling Club were killed on January 8th when a Toyota Corolla car skidded on ice on the A457 near Abergele, north Wales. The four victims were Maurice Broadbent, 61, Dave Horrocks, 49, Wayne Wilkes, 42, and Thomas Harland, 14.
Ice was said to be the suspected main cause of the car loosing control and ploughing broadside into the group. However, according to the BBC, the driver of the car which struck the group of cyclists, has now been charged with having three defective tyres and according to North Wales Police the driver of the Corolla would appear before magistrates at a date yet to be set.
The investigation into the crash has stated that the cyclists were said to be riding in pairs and wearing helmets for a 60-mile trip between Great Orme and Llanrwst. They were struck by a car travelling in the opposite direction shortly after 1000 GMT on the A547 Rhuddlan Road. Police had been called to another accident an hour before the crash.
A spokeswoman for North Wales Police declined to name the man charged with driving with defective tyres, and said a time and venue for the case had not yet been set.
Links: BBC Wales