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Scott Peoples

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Scott Peoples
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Full nameScott Peoples
Died(2006-12-15)15 December 2006
Merton, Victoria, Australia
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Scott Peoples was an Australian road racing cyclist with an emerging career in professional cycling before his death at the age of 20 in a training crash in regional Victoria.[1] Before his death he had won two stages of the Tour of Southland and placed 3rd overall in the Tour of Tasmania.[1] He was a member of Australia's youth cycling team and a Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[2]

Crash and inquest[edit]

On 15 December 2006, Scott Peoples was struck from behind by a Nissan Patrol four-wheel drive while training on a two lane country highway in Merton, Victoria, and died at the scene. The 73-year-old driver of the vehicle, Kenneth Blay, later pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving and was fined $3000 and disqualified from driving for 3 years.[3]

People's family pressed the Victorian Coroner to hold an inquest into his death on the grounds of how such a collision could occur on a clear day, along a straight stretch of road, with a cyclist wearing bright coloured clothes. The Coroner accepted the request and hearings started in August 2008.[3] The Bicycle Federation of Australia was invited to make a submission to the inquest.[3]

The inquest heard evidence that Kenneth Blay suffered a stroke three years before the crash, suffering loss of vision and was told by a doctor not to drive. The court also heard Mr Blay hit another cyclist in 2004 in similar circumstances, causing the rider to suffer a broken leg.[4] The lawyer for the Peoples family submitted to the Coroner that he consider recommending legislation making it mandatory for doctors to report any person they believe unfit to hold a licence to VicRoads.[5]

Hearings in the inquest, case number 4776/06, were concluded in December 2009. The coroner's findings are expected to be delivered after several months

Scott Peoples Foundation[edit]

The Scott Peoples Foundation was set up in honour of Peoples to assist in the development of junior cycling in Victoria.[6] The foundation organises the annual Scotty's Ride, a recreational challenge ride, and Scotty's Race, a 125 km road race, both held in December each year since 2007.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Peoples, Erin. "About Scotty". Scott Peoples Foundation. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  2. "News - Latest News". CycleSport Victoria. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "BFA e-news June 2008 edition" (PDF). Bicycle Federation of Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  4. "Cycle crash inquest told of driver's poor sight". ABC News. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  5. Pilcher, Georgie (26 September 2008). "Killer driver near-blind when champion cyclist killed". Herald Sun. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  6. "2008 Scotty's Ride". CycloSportif Victoria. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  7. "2008 Scotty's Ride - Scotty's Weekend". CycloSportif Victoria. Retrieved 5 May 2009.

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