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Cyclist dies after collision with bus in East Croydon

Incident date: 
Tue, 12 Nov 2013

A cyclist has died after a collision with a bus in East Croydon.

The collision occurred around midday on Addiscombe Road near East Croydon station.

The cyclist was treated at the scene and taken to St George’s Hospital by air ambulance where he later died.

It is thought that the cyclist went into cardiac arrest and fell under the bus.

The location where the incident occurred has tram tracks, but it is not yet known whether they were a factor in the collision.

It is unclear whether the cyclist’s cardiac arrest was a contributory factor to the incident, or whether it arose as a result of the collision.

One eyewitness named Matthew, who was travelling on a tram, told the Croydon Guardian: “I saw the bike cut in front of the bus and it didn’t stop in time so the bike went under the bus.

“The bus stopped quickly but the cyclist was under it. I feel really sorry for those involved. I could hear the tram driver in his cabin saying ‘why did you do that’ when the cyclist cut across.

  • UPDATE (14/11/13)

The cyclist has been named as 43 year old Roger de Klerk.

  • UPDATE (18/11/13)

A post-mortem examination has taken place and gave the cause of death as compression of the head, neck and chest. An inquest was opened and adjourned at Croydon Coroners Court on Thursday.

Roger’s mother, Ann De Klerk, 71, plans to set up a memorial fund to improve cyclists’ safety in her son’s memory and called for improved signs and information for cyclist across London.

She said Roger ‘first started riding a bicycle at school- he knew what he was doing.’

  • UPDATE (02/10/2014)

An inquest has heard that Mr De Klerk’s bike slipped across tram lines and was struck by bus.

South London Coroner Selena Lynch said she will write to Croydon Council’s highways department to ask that they urgently look at the provision for cyclists at the junction and on the tram system as a whole. She added she “was in no doubt whatsoever” the tram lines led to Mr de Klerk’s death. Mrs Lynch said there appeared to be a lack of provision for cyclists at the junction because of a confusing layout where the cycle lane splits on to the nearby pavement while also continuing up to the junction ahead.

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