Cyclist dies in rush hour collision in East End

By Rob Virtue on December 6, 2012 3:48 PM |

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A cyclist was killed after a collision with a lorry on Thursday morning.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. The incident happened on Commercial Road at about 8.30am.

The cyclist, believed to be in his 30s, is the 14th to die on London's roads this year.

London Ambulance paramedics and an air ambulance team attended but the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Enquiries are underway to find the next of kin.

The driver remains in custody. Collision investigators for the police are looking into the incident.

Speaking to the BBC, a spokesman for the London Cycling Campaign urged for "cyclist awareness training" for all lorry drivers as well as better equipment including "mirrors, cameras and sensors" on vehicles.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or the events leading up to the collision, is asked to contact the Road Death Investigation Unit witness appeal line on 0208 597 4874.


d.nicholas said:

Londons roads arnt safe enough to ride a cycle on full stop.Instead busy routes for comuters should have more pavements adapted to take pedestrians and cyclists together.How many more lives are there to be lost proving this fact.Come on Boris.spend some extra/more money on this sceme.Wouldnt it be good if we could stop the loss of anymore cyclists from loosing there lives in london.

a.brown said:

After a recent visit to London i am not surprised another cyclist has died. No, i do not blame the motorist, i blame the cyclists themselves.... They do not stop for red lights,many do not have lights on their cycles and they ignore traffic signs and regulations. Standing at one crossing waiting to cross the road no fewer than 8 cyclists used the crossing without waiting for the green man,putting their own lives and the lives of drivers in jeopardy.