Driver pleads guilty of death by careless driving - as judge rules court can hear of 'shocking driving history'

Alan Neve

Barry Meyer, the driver of the tipper lorry that crushed Alan Neve to death in Holborn in 2013, yesterday pleaded guilty to death by careless driving at Blackfriars Crown Court. His admission yesterday, which came after two years of denial, followed Judge Daniel Worsley's ruling that his “bad character” as a driver could be put before a Blackfriars crown court jury. Meyer had been banned from the road five times and was not licensed to be driving the tipper lorry when the incident occurred.

Mr Neve, 51, a married father-of-one from Poplar, was riding to work as an auditor at the Performing Rights Society in Soho. The unlicensed and uninsured Meyer, who was following a colleague from the same company - which has not been named - had blocked part of his windscreen with a toilet roll, tub of sugar and phone holder. Prosecutor Allison Hunter said: "Had Meyer reacted as a dynamic driver would have been expected to do, he could not fail to have seen Mr Neve. It appears clear from what Meyer said in an interview that his focus was upon keeping up with his partner in the vehicle in front.

“Not only had Meyer not turned his head or used his mirrors but he then failed to stop, as his front and rear wheels crushed Mr Neve beneath and dragged him along the road, to shrieks of pedestrians and other road users.”

She said his previous convictions, included two bans for drink-driving, showed a “cavalier lack of respect for driving law and regulations”. 

Alan Neve protest ride

The fatality prompted a protest ride, organised by London Cycling Campaign, which was attended by 2500 people.

Meyer will be sentenced on 14 May. Judge Worsley said Meyer had a “shocking driving history” and would inevitably be jailed on his return to court.