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A cyclist has died following a collision with a lorry on London cycle superhighway 2

Incident date: 
Tue, 5 Nov 2013

The victim, in his sixties, was hit by and dragged underneath the lorry in Mile End Road, east London, on the afternoon of Tuesday 5 November.

The crash occurred at the junction with Bancroft Road outside Queen Mary University’s engineering building.

The cyclist died at the scene.

He is the capital’s ninth cycling fatality this year and the seventh killed involving a lorry. He is also the fourth in two years to have died after being hit on the same stretch of road, the Evening Standard reports. He is the third cyclist to die on cycle superhighway 2 (CS2).

Svitlana Tereschenko, 34, was killed at the nearby Bow roundabout in November 2011 while trying to reach the start of a cycle superhighway and 20-year-old Philippine De Gerin-Ricard was also killed while on or near the same cycle superhighway 2, running between Bow and Aldgate, in July this year.

The fatality will once again raise questions over the Mayor’s insistence that blue superhighway cycle lanes are the way forward, as witnesses said the victim had been in the blue zone.

Witness Motiur Khan, 22, said: “The lorry was behind the cyclist and sort of went into the back of him and then I don’t really know if he lost control or something, but he hit the cyclist who went under the lorry which just ran over and crushed him.”

The driver stopped further down the road after the incident at about 4.40pm and will be questioned under caution by officers. He has not been arrested.

  • UPDATE (14/11/13)

The cyclist has been named as 62 year old Brian Holt.

  • UPDATE (14/11/14)

The driver of the tipper truck involved in Brian Holt’s death has been charged with causing death by careless driving.

Driver, Anthony Howsego, 57, from Romford, will appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on November 14th.

The lorry driver is the only motorist to have been charged in connection with those six deaths 12 months ago. Coroner’s inquests have already been concluded in four of the cases, with no charges brought.

While no date has yet been set for the inquest into the death of Richard Muzira, the Standard reports that the driver of the lorry involved in that incident will not be charged.

All of those fatalities involved large vehicles. Besides Mr Holt and Mr Muzira, a third victim, Venera Minakhmetova, was killed in a collision with a lorry.

Frances Goulding died when he was struck by a coach, while buses were involved in the crashes that claimed the lives of Khalid al-Hashimi and 21; and Roger de Klerk.

Mr Holt, aged 62, worked at Mile End Hospital and was travelling to work there when he was struck by the lorry, which was carrying waste from the Crossrail site at Liverpool Street Station.

The truck was being used on the Crossrail project. Crossrail is one of the biggest engineering projects in the capital’s history, and at its peak will see 50 truck movements a day to take waste away from just one of its 40 sites in London, at Charing Cross.

In February 2012, Crossrail said that lorries not fitted with safety features to protect cyclists such as sensors, Frexnel lenses and sideguards, would be banned from its sites in the city.

But two months prior to Mr Holt’s death,another lorry working on the project was involved in a crash that killed a cyclist in September 2013.

Nursing assistant Maria Karsa, aged 21, was killed at Aldgate as she headed to work a shift at the Royal London Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, Barts Health, which also runs the hospital Mr Holt worked at.

It emerged earlier this year that two of the three sensors on the lorry concerned – required for it to access the Crossrail site – were not working. However, the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to bring charges.

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