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Cyclist dies in double-decker bus collison in London

Incident date: 
Wed, 13 Nov 2013

A cyclist has died following a collision with a double decker bus in the East End of London – the fifth fatality on the capital’s roads in nine days.

Police were called to the scene on the junction of Whitechapel Road and Commercial Road at 11:30pm last night.

Paramedics treated the male cyclist, who hasn’t been named, at the scene, before taking him to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4am.

The male bus driver was treated for shock and police are now trying to locate the cyclist’s next of kin.

No arrests have been made and officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

  • UPDATE (21/11/13)

The cyclist has been named as 21-year-old Khalid al-Hashimi. The London Evening Standard reported that he died just 2 days after his 21st birthday.

Khalid’s mum, Yasmin Wahab said about her son: “He was very experienced on a bike and had been cycling since he was five. The junction where this happened is a death trap and something needs to be done to stop this waste of life.”

  • UPDATE (10/04/14)

Poplar coroner’s court was told Khalid had been almost twice over the legal limit for drink driving when he rode off the pavement into the path of an oncoming bus. He was found during a post-mortem to have 154 milligrams of ethanol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal maximum is 80 milligrams.

CCTV footage from the 205 double decker bus showed how he suddenly appeared 10m in front of the vehicle, giving driver David Brennan no chance of avoiding a collision, despite braking in one second.

Coroner Mary Hassell said Mr al-Hashimi was not wearing a helmet and asked if it would have made any difference. Pathologist Dr Chin Along said: “I don’t think so. Bicycle helmets, the way they are designed, are not for velocity injuries.”

Collision investigator PC Andrew Smith said Mr al-Hashimi had ridden on the pavement the wrong way up Leman Street – a one-way street – and attempted to ride across Whitechapel High Street.

PC Smith said Mr al-Hashimi may have been confused by a wrongly-angled red light in the centre of Whitechapel High Street used by traffic turning right into Commercial Street.

Ms Hassell recorded that Mr al-Hashimi died as a result of road traffic collision. She said: “It may be that Mr al-Hashimi saw the cars stationary and saw the red light and thought the cars were being held at the red light, and thought it was safe to cross.

“But nevertheless this wasn’t a pedestrian crossing and he [the bus driver] didn’t stop, and that is why the collision occurred, I’m very sorry to say.”

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