THE WIDOW of cyclist Brian Dorling has invited the lorry driver responsible for his death to join her in campaigning for better road safety.
David Cox admitted causing death by dangerous driving and, at Inner London Crown Court on Monday (July 22), was given a six-month suspended prison sentence.
The 49-year-old, of Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for two years.
Mr Dorling, of Wills Crescent, Hounslow, was hit by the lorry at Bow roundabout, near the Olympic site where the 58-year-old consultant was working, on October 24, 2011.
The father-of-three was the first cyclist to be killed on one of the capital's cycle superhighways.
His widow Debbie Dorling said she felt for Mr Cox, who was clearly remorseful and deeply affected by what had happened.
While some cyclists took to Twitter to complain about what they saw as a soft sentence, she criticised this 'mob culture', saying Mr Cox was already serving a 'life sentence' and putting him in prison would not achieve anything.
She also invited him to join her in campaigning for better road safety, in particular the use of scanners warning HGV drivers of approaching cyclists.
"I would extend my hand to Mr Cox to help with the See Me Save Me campaign (to reduce the danger posed by lorries to cyclists)," she told the Chronicle.
"It would be a very brave thing for him to do but if that's something he thinks might help him, because he needs help too, I would welcome his involvement."
She also said there was too much anger on the roads and all road users had to learn to respect one another.
Mrs Dorling told how she had given Mr Cox a big hug when she met him after the crash, while her 16-year-old daughter had said 'I don't hate you'.
She said going over the events again in court, where she was joined by her three children, had been particularly difficult after what she described a 'period of anaesthetising'.
Mrs Dorling, who works at West Middlesex Hospital, wants to see all HGVs fitted with scanners to help prevent further deaths.
The devices, which detect cyclists in the driver's blind spot, have already been fitted to all construction vehicles used by Mr Dorling's former employer Mace.