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Cyclist killed in HGV crash at busy junction in Elephant and Castle (13/05/14)

A lorry driver has been arrested after a 47-year-old male cyclist died in a crash in south London on May 13th.

The cyclist was hit at Walworth Roundabout in Elephant and Castle Junction at around 4pm, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 49-year-old driver of the lorry is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the crash. The victim’s next of kin yet to be informed and he has not yet been formally identified.

A witness to the crash told ITV News: “I was waiting for the lights to change and I heard the horn of a lorry – I don’t know if it was a lorry or a car – and I turned around and I saw the lorry starting to come to a halt. As it was coming to a halt I saw that there was a bike on the ground.

Witnesses said the vehicle involved was a three-axle rigid lorry.

Detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Catford Traffic Garage are investigating.

The cyclist is the fifth to be killed on London’s roads in 2014, and the second to die this year in a collision with an HGV.

UPDATE (20/05/14)

The cyclist has been named as 47-year-old Abdelkhalak Lahyani.

Mr Lahyani, who lived in Walworth, was cycling to work at the Oxo Tower Restaurant when he was hit by the lorry.

The lorry driver, a man aged 49, was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. He has been released on bail until July.

Mr Lahyani was hit at the junction with Newington Butts – an area which was remodelled in 2010 during Boris Johnson’s controversial policy of “smoothing traffic flow”.

Meryem Ozekman, 37, a fitness instructor from Southwark, was crushed by a lorry at the same roundabout in 2009.

The campaign group ‘Stop Killing Cyclists’ staged a die-in protest at the crash site on Wednesday 21st May. They claim Transport for London has not done as much as it could to make cycling safer in the capital.

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