Cycling Champion

Scottish Cycling Champion Jason MacIntyre’s widow Caroline has said that police inquiries into his death ‘raised more questions than they answered.’

 

And she criticised the Crown Office for taking two years to agree to hold a fatal accident inquiry into her husband’s death. 

 

Mrs MacIntyre 33, said: “My husband Jason, the Scottish Champion Cyclist died in what some people might think was a simple straight forward accident. 

 

“But for me the police inquiry raised more questions than it answered and it has taken me two years of jumping through hoops to get the Crown Office to agreed to hold a Fatal Accident Inquiry. 

 

I can’t believe I have had to fight so hard to try and find out what really happened to Jason. 

 

“In the end I had to employ Thompsons Solicitors to fight my corner for me, and without their help I would not be sitting here today.

 

“I know where and when Jason died, but not how or why, and that makes it so difficult to come to terms with losing him.. 

 

“The Police didn’t even close the road to investigate the accident scene, which I understand is normal practice. 

 

“But despite all that its taken two years get Crown Office officials to agree to hold an FAI.

 

“But Jason always did everything to the best of his ability and I feel I owe it to him to make sure that everything that could have been done for him was done. 

 

“I feel as though I now have a voice for cyclists, and I am doing this not just for me but in the hope that if someone else suffers a similar loss they might find it easier to get to the truth because of what I have done. 

 

Asked if she had come to terms with the loss of her husband she said: 

 

“I don’t think you ever come to terms with losing someone like Jason – I certainly never will. But as long as I can get up each day and help the girls get a smile on their faces, then I am doing my job.”

 

Mrs MacIntyre has twin daughters Chloe and Morgan, 11. Morgan has had a kidney transplant is registered blind, and has other health problems. Mrs MacIntyre has taken over from Jason as Morgan’s full time carer. 

 

 

Jason 34, who had high hopes of making Britain’s cycling team for the Beijing Olympics, died in January 2008 after a collision with a council van which turned into his path while he was out on a training run near his home in Fort William.

 

Online tributes spoke of him in the same class as Scots cycling greats Robert Millar, Graham Obree and Chris Hoy, and it emerged he had just been given funding to train for the Commonwealth Games.  

 

Mrs MacIntyre’s solicitor Patrick McGuire of Thompsons Solicitors said: “We believed there were a number of very strong grounds for a Fatal Accident Inquiry. 

 

 “We simply didn’t accept the Crown’s position that all the relevant facts had been established when the van driver appeared in court, as he pled guilty and there was only the briefest of summaries of the accident. 

 

“In most accidents there is immediate recognition of the likely factors that caused it to happen. 

 

“In this particular case we remain completely in the dark about what factors led to it happening. 

 

“Here we have a set of circumstances that completely defy explanation and to be waiting two years is so hard to verge on the inhuman.  

 

The Fatal Accident Inquiry into Jason MacIntyre’s death is due to be held at Fort William Sheriff Court over the first three days in March. 

 

The picture shows Caroline and Jason MacIntyre at a Braveheart dinner shortly before he died. 

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The picture shows Caroline and Jason MacIntyre at a Braveheart dinner shortly before he died. 

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