Woman in court over charity cyclist Christian Smith death

Christian Smith Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption Christian Smith was on a 24-hour "Kent Epic" fundraising ride

An 18-year-old woman has appeared in court over the death of a cyclist killed in a crash with a car while on a 24-hour charity bike ride in Kent.

Christian Smith, 38, from Boughton Aluph, near Ashford was cycling on the A2990 Old Thanet Way, near Chestfield, Whitstable on 22 March.

Bethany Mackie, from Herne Bay appeared before Canterbury magistrates accused of causing death by dangerous driving.

She is also charged with drink driving and failing to stop.

Ms Mackie did not enter a plea and the case was transferred to Canterbury Crown Court. She is next due to appear for a preliminary hearing on 10 November.

Image caption Bethany Mackie is charged with causing death by dangerous driving

She was granted unconditional bail.

Mr Smith was raising money for mental health charity Mind when he crashed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On his JustGiving page he said he wanted to support Mind to raise awareness of the support it offered and to help end the stigma attached to people with mental health problems.

Donations, some made after Mr Smith's death, have reached more than £82,000. His target was £1,000.

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