This is a shocking story.
I was making my statement,
on the fact that the actions of cyclist
led to a death,
seems he could have swerved,stated
he was not stopping,
time factor here,
time to state not stopping
time to take action,
Obviously the guy didn't set out to kill the girl, but through his actions he did. As John says above, he had time to shout a warning when he could have just as easily moved completely out of their way, or braked hard to a stop.
Also, he shouldn't have been riding on the pavement, that's a huge no. Why was he riding on the pavement? To ensure his safety from other vehicles? What about pedestrians who belong on the pavement?
17mph is very fast to hit someone.
Let's look at it from a different angle... if someone was driving a car at 17mph toward someone crossing the road, honking their horn, but refusing to stop... would we still stick up for the driver?
The excuse "Well, I honked my horn" would be laughable.
The driver would receive a minimum of a couple of grand fine plus a 12 month ban.
Unfortunately, there's no such recourse from cyclists who think they are always in the right as they are vulnerable to other traffic.
There is no situation where a cyclist should hit a pedestrian. It just shouldn't happen.