Woman who allegedly caused ex minister to crash to appear in court

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A 42-year-old woman who allegedly caused former legal protection minister Sander Dekker to fall off his bike will be prosecuted for causing serious injury, the public prosecution office has decided.

Police initially also charged the woman with manslaughter but that was later dropped.

Dekker, who suffered multiple broken bones in the fall, was cycling on a dune path in Monster near The Hague in June when the woman, who was on foot, motioned that he should moderate his speed. While doing so she allegedly grabbed him, causing him to overturn three times, witnesses said at the time.

Police are still investigating the precise circumstances of the case. It is not clear when the woman will have to appear in court

Dekker spent five weeks in hospital and is now recuperating at home. It was not the first time he was involved in a cycling accident. In 2015, he broke his hip in Spain and in 2013 he fell after a runaway dog crossed the bike path.

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