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A cyclist has died following a collision with a lorry on London cycle superhighway 2 (05/11/13)

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.

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