Man charged for killing cyclist with car door

A man from Helsingborg in southern Sweden has been charged with manslaughter for killing an 89-year-old cyclist after opening his car door into the cyclist's path in July.

The cyclist received a cerebral hemorrhage and later died. According to prosecutor Anders Månsson, the 46-year-old man acted recklessly and lacked care and caution when he opened his door, local newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD) wrote on Friday.

The man asserts that he looked in the rear-view mirror before he opened the door and that he only opened it halfway. He claims that after he opened the door, he heard a light thud, the report said. When he looked out, he saw a man and a bicycle lying diagonally in front of the car.

According to the newspaper, the driver had just parked his car when he opened the door.

The cyclist did not have time to react and rode into the door. He hit his head when he fell to the ground and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, then died a week later from injuries he sustained from the accident.

The man was charged for breach of traffic regulations and manslaughter, Månsson told HD.

The evidence against the man primarily consists of an eyewitness account and a medical report stating that the injuries from the accident caused the 89-year-old’s death, the report said.

The eyewitness recounted that she saw the cyclist ride into, then fall over the door.

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