Alleged The Plain Tipper lorry death driver appears in court


A tipper driver accused of killing a cyclist on The Plain has appeared in court.

Robert Whiting, 39, has pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing to causing the death of Oxford University researcher Dr Ling Felce by dangerous driving.

He returned to Oxford Crown Court on Monday afternoon for a short hearing.

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Judge Michael Gledhill QC fixed the trial for August 1. Whiting, of Brome Place, Barton, spoke only to confirm his name and was remanded in custody.

Prosecutors allege Whiting was behind the wheel of a DAF tipper lorry on March 1 when he struck Dr Felce, who was riding a push bike. She died at the scene.

In a tribute after her death, Dr Felce’s husband, James, described the mum-of-two as the ‘light of our family’.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire’s court and crime reporter.  

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