Inquest into the death of Keiran Bailey (2014) H&FLR 2015-16
Coroners’ Court of Victoria
25 August 2014
Coram: Coroner Spanos
Catchwords: Victoria – Coroner – cyclist – hit by car – death – mental illness – fitness to drive – duty to report
Facts: The deceased was aged 44 years. On 8 March 2011 at around 1:45pm he cycled from his home to a shopping centre. He was cycling in a designated bike lane of a road. The car lanes of the road at the relevant point narrowed from three lanes to two. A car driven by a Mr Veerman, travelling at least 10 kph (6 mph) above the speed limit failed to merge, drove into the bike lane and struck the deceased, causing fatal injuries. Mr Veerman fled the scene and was subsequently convicted of a range of offences relating to the collision: R v Veerman (2011), Herald Sun, 23 December 2011*.
In the years before the collision Mr Veerman had suffered from marked mental illness and had received some level of psychiatric care. He held a drivers licence at the time of the collision.
Held: It was recommended that medical professionals be educated to ensure patients’ fitness to drive would be at the front of doctors’ minds when assessing patients with conditions likely to affect their capacity to drive safely.
The Court’s judgment is available here.
* A partially successful appeal by Veerman was subsequently brought: Veerman v R (Vic. Ct App., Weinberg and Harper JJA, T Forrest AJA, 24 August 2012, unreported).