Ms Purcell, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, spoke in court only to confirm her name and indicate a not guilty plea to causing death by careless driving.She left court with two male companions using a newspaper to cover her face.Ms Purcell was released on unconditional bail and will next appear at Southwark Crown Court on October 11. Gail Purcell left Westminster magistrates’ court with two male companions using a newspaper to cover her faceCredit:Jack Hardy/PA Michael Goodwin, prosecuting, said it was a “serious” and “complex” case that should be heard in the crown court.The CDF and Cycling UK brought the private prosecution following donations from more than 1,600 supporters, who helped raise more than £60,000 towards case costs.The CDF, a campaigning body that defends the rights of cyclists, was set up in 2001 by Cycling UK in response to the case of Darren Coombes, a nine-year-old cyclist who suffered brain damage from a collision with a motorist.Duncan Dollimore, a CDF spokesman, said: “This is an important step towards what we hope will be justice for Mick Mason’s family.” A woman is to stand trial accused of causing the death of a cyclist after a crowdfunding appeal by the victim’s family raised £60,000 to fund a private prosecution.Gail Purcell, 58, allegedly hit cyclist Mick Mason from behind on February 25, 2014, causing a traumatic brain injury.The 70-year-old teacher was cycling home on Regent Street from Oxford Circus, in central London, at rush-hour when he was involved in a collision with Purcell’s Nissan Juke.Mr Mason suffered a serious brain injury and never regained consciousness, dying 19 days later after being taken off life support on March 14. Ms Purcell had stopped at the scene. The Metropolitan Police twice decided not to refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service.Mr Mason’s family members – including his daughter, BBC journalist Anna Tatton-Brown – decided to go ahead with a private prosecution. It is believed to be the first in a case of its kind.Ms Tatton-Brown attended the hearing at Westminster magistrates’ court on Tuesday supported by friends and colleagues, including BBC entertainment reporter Lizo Mzimba.A JustGiving page was set up by charity Cycling UK’s Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF) – a campaigning body which, in part, focuses on providing legal assistance to cyclists – to raise money for the legal costs. This is an important step towards what we hope will be justice for Mick Mason’s familyDuncan Dollimore, Cyclists’ Defence Fund Mick Mason was cycling home on Regent Street in central London when he was struck. Library imageCredit:Google Street View Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.