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Driver faces prison and ‘blood money’ fine for death of cyclist in Dubai

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An Emirati driver was sentenced to six months in prison and a fine worth 12,000 dirhams ($3,267) for causing the death of an Emirati women cyclist after he ran her over in an accident, a Dubai Traffic Court said on Sunday.

The driver was also ordered to pay 200,000 dirhams to the cyclist’s family in blood money. His license is to be frozen for three years, starting the end of his jail term.

The 22-year-old driver was charged with accidently causing death, damaging properties, driving a vehicle with expired registration, modifying the vehicle, using dark tint, and racing with another vehicle.

Mizna Abdullah Ali died on May 23, when the car hit her while training for the NAS sports tournament to play with Al Wathba cyclist team.

Prosecutor Salah Bu Farousha al Felasi, head of the Dubai Traffic Public Prosecution, told Dubai-based Gulf News that the cyclist “suffered serious injuries and died immediately. Her body was found 13 meters away from the accident spot.”

According to court records obtained by Gulf News, the driver said: “I hit the brakes at once, but she was accidentally hit by the left side of the car. I can’t remember if the bike had rear lights or not,” adding that he called the police and reported the accident.

On the other hand, the defendant’s lawyer told Dubai Traffic Court that the cycling team’s supervisor should have charges filed against him/her for failing to take safety measures by arranging dedicated paths for the cyclists to train in.