Who is Auriol Grey? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Jailed over Huntingdon Cyclist Death

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Auriol Grey gestured towards grandmother Celia Ward, 77, and told her to ‘get off the f****** pavement’ as she rode her bike on a footpath in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, on October 20, 2020. A disabled woman who shooed away an elderly cyclist moments before she was fatally hit by a car has been jailed for three years for her manslaughter. CCTV footage showed how shortly after being berated by Grey, retired midwife Mrs Ward veered into the road before being struck by a car that was unable to stop. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Grey, who suffers from cerebral palsy, denied manslaughter but was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday after being found guilty at an earlier retrial. Her lawyer has vowed to appeal, arguing there was ‘no intention to cause harm.’ Judge Sean Enright, sentencing Grey, said her actions were ‘not explained by disability’.

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Auriol Grey is 49 years old.

Auriol Grey Jailed over Huntingdon Cyclist Death

Auriol Grey raised her hand at cyclist Celia Ward, 77, in Huntingdon, Cambs. Retired grandmother Mrs Ward fell into the road and was killed in a car collision. He said that Grey, of Huntingdon, had no mental disorder or learning difficulties and that the pavement was 2.4 metres wide at the relevant point, describing it as a ‘shared path on the ring road’.

Mrs Ward’s widower, retired RAF pilot David Ward, said in a statement read to the court by prosecutor Simon Spence KC that the ‘clip of Celia’s last moments will haunt me forever.’Rarely a day goes by without thinking of her and our happy life together but I can so easily burst into tears, as I have on so many occasions,’ he said.

The pair met in 1965 and in their retirement enjoyed playing golf and seeing the world on cruise holidays, the court was told. ‘I miss her terribly and after a year-and-a-half on my own felt the need to sell our house of 34 years and relocated to a retirement village near Romsey (in Hampshire),’ Mr Ward said.

He added that he did this to be closer to family, including their daughter Gillian Hayter. In a victim impact statement read to the court, Ms Hayter told of her mother’s ‘senseless and needless death lying in the road without those who loved her’.

The driver of the car which collided with Mrs Ward, Carla Money, who was with her two-year-old daughter at the time, said that her life was ‘turned upside down’ by what happened. Miranda Moore KC, mitigating for Grey, said: ‘What happened took but a moment that has impacted on many.’ She said that Grey’s ‘present opinion is where the pavements are narrow the cyclists… should cycle on the road’.

‘There was no intention to cause harm or an obvious risk of harm,’ she said. She said witnesses had said Grey ‘seemed childlike’, and that she lived in adapted special accommodation. After the judge passed his sentence on Thursday, Ms Moore indicated that an appeal would be submitted against this and a request for bail would be made.

In a statement released through police after sentencing, Mr. Ward said: ‘After 53 years of happy marriage, Celia was taken from me in a most horrific way, leaving me with my memories. ‘She was kind, calm, careful, cheerful, and competent in all that she did. ‘Her death has caused me great suffering. We relied on each other, shared the same sense of humor and outlook on life, and enjoyed each other’s company. I miss her terribly.’

Her daughter Gillian added in a statement released through police: ‘Celia Ward was my mum, mother-in-law to my husband and much-loved grandmother to my son, but most importantly, the love of my father’s life.

‘Her untimely death has turned our world on its head and there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t wish I could pick up the phone to ask her advice, celebrate the special events in our lives or just tell her how much I love her.

‘It’s easy to say how wonderful my mum was… she was passionate about her family and always there to help and support us. ‘She was of a generation that made and mended, kept a spotless house and always put others first. ‘Her death has marred what should have been some of the most enjoyable times for us as a family.

‘We can never forget the past two-and-a-half years, but it’s now time to start remembering the wonderful memories and times we had with mum, and hopefully find some peace.’ Prosecutor Simon Spence KC previously told the court how the two women were passing each other when Grey ‘gestured in a hostile and aggressive way’ towards Mrs Ward.

Peterborough Crown Court previously heard Grey left the scene on foot before emergency services arrived and headed to a nearby Sainsbury’s to buy groceries. After officers brought her in for questioning, Grey explained she was partially sighted and felt ‘anxious’ as the bicycle was travelling ‘fast’ in the middle of the pavement.

She added that she could have lifted her hand ‘unintentionally’. The Highway Act 1835 renders it illegal to cycle on the pavement, with a fine of up to £500. In this instance, however, officers could not determine if the pavement was a shared cycleway.

Following Grey’s conviction, Detective Sergeant Mark Dollard, who interviewed her, said: ‘This was a difficult and tragic case. ‘Everyone will have their own views on cyclists, pavements and cycleways but what is clear is Auriol Grey’s response to the presence of Celia on a pedal cycle was totally disproportionate and ultimately found to be unlawful, resulting in Celia’s untimely and needless death.

‘I am pleased with the verdict and hope it is a stark reminder to all road users to take care and be considerate to each other. ‘I want to take the time to acknowledge Celia’s family and thank them for their patience and dignity throughout the entirety of the investigation and trial.’

It is estimated two cyclists die on average each week in road accidents, while a further 84 are seriously injured. The majority of incidents occur on rural roads and around half are when a car collides with a bicycle. The number of cyclists killed in road accidents reached a 14-year high in 2020 when 140 deaths were recorded, the highest figure since 2006. The average person is reported to cycle 88 miles each year, while 47 percent of adults owned or had access to a bicycle.

A parliamentary study published in 2021 found that fatal collisions of cyclists caused by pedestrians were extremely rare, with just five such incidents in 2019. Among pedestrians killed in road accidents between 2005 and 2018, just six were killed by a cyclist while 548 lost their lives to vehicles.

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