Case Study

Cyclist dies and man arrested after Lewisham Loampit Vale crash

Incident date: 
Mon, 24 Jun 2013

The driver of the car involved in the incident- a red Audi – did not initially stop at the scene but was located a short distance away. The 28-year-old male driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Paramedics attended the scene and the cyclist – a man – was taken to a south London hospital where he later died from his injuries.

A spokesman for the Met Police said next of kin were aware but formal identification has yet to take place.

The driver remains in custody at a south London police station.

An investigation has been launched by officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit. Anyone with information should call 020 8285 1574 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The cyclist has been named as Paul Hutcheson.

  • UPDATE (27/01/14)

The driver is due to answer bail in February.

  • UPDATE (04/09/15)

Father-of-two Paul Hutcheson died after a collision at a junction in Lewisham during the morning rush hour, an inquest at Southwark coroners’ court heard yesterday.

The air conditioning engineer was hit by an Audi A3 driven by Chris Adakpor as he turned right down a no entry road to reach a cycle path in June 2013.

Police experts told the court Mr Hutcheson, 41, who was not wearing a helmet, had been travelling at about 15mph before the collision and was sent flying over the car.

Jacob Brown, a recruitment consultant, was ‘the other cyclist’ – a fellow rider who was about level with Mr Hutcheson at the traffic lights after following him for a mile and a half.

He said: “He seemed to ride confidently. As I was going through the junction I saw a red Audi, it looked like it sped up to get through the junction.

“I heard a horrible crunch, I stopped and turned around and saw the cyclist I had been following fly in the air.

“Then the cyclist hit the ground. I haven’t been able to ride since.”

Chris Adakpor, the Audi driver, said: “Obviously what happened is very sad. The family have suffered, I have suffered. I lost my sanity.

“I wish I could take back that day and give it back to you. It’s been two years and I haven’t gone back to normality.

“It’s a very sad thing, I just can’t be held accountable for it. I shouldered it for a long while.”

Police gave evidence at the inquest stating Adakpor was clocked driving between 42-45 mph along a 30 mph road just 230 yards from the scene of the crash, but he insisted he was ‘within the speed limit’ at the time of the smash.

PC Matthew McCormack also revealed there was a two second delay in the traffic lights on one side.

He said: “The traffic lights didn’t change in sequence. I was surprised there was a delay, I was expecting them to be simultaneous.”

Transport for London (TfL) could not explain why there was a delay, but fixed the lights that same day.

Deputy assistant coroner Shanta Deonarine recorded a verdict of death by road traffic collision. She also urged that a regeneration around the accident zone include improved safety measures for cyclists.

Summing up coroner Deonarine said: “[He went] straight into the path of a vehicle. There was a collision and as a result he sustained multiple injuries.

Adakpor pleaded guilty to dangerous driving. A previous charge, causing death by dangerous driving, was ordered to lie on file.

He was disqualified from driving at Woolwich Crown Court on May 23 2015 for 12 months, had his license endorsed and must pass another driving test.

She said: “The best thing is for Transport for London to make a cycle route which is clearly marked.”

Mr Hutcheson’s widow Mandie, 43, said after the inquest she had suffered “two years of hell” and that an apology from Mr Adakpor given to the court was “too little to late”.

She said: “We need safe cycle lanes across London. When cyclists like Paul die they just become a number or a statistic. We have to live with this forever. How many people have to die? We don’t want other families to go through this.”

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