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Biker William Shirley denies causing woman's death in Edinburgh

A biker is to stand trial charged with killing a woman as she crossed an Edinburgh road.

William Shirley, 24, from Muirhouse, is accused of hitting Flavia Tumwijukye while riding a motorbike at excess speed in Great Junction Street, Leith, on 27 September 2013.

He denies causing death by dangerous driving, driving at over 42mph, said to be excessive due to traffic conditions.

Judge Lord Bannatyne set a trial due for May.

Mr Shirley is also alleged to have been in "dangerous proximity" to oncoming vehicles and failed to take evasive action to prevent hitting Miss Tumwijukye.

The 51-year-old grandmother, from Uganda, later died from her injuries at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

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