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9th London cyclist killed by lorry in 2008
20.10.08 by Buffalo Bill

You will recall that Charlie Lloyd of the London Cycling Campaign estimated a couple of weeks ago that of 9 cyclists killed in London so far in 2008, 8 have killed by lorries. Today I received this press release from the Met Police:

We are appealing for witnesses following a teenager being killed in a road traffic collision in Tooting. Police were called by London Ambulance Service just after 08:30 20/10/08 to reports of a collision between an articulated lorry and a cyclist on Tooting High Street at the junction with Blackshaw Road, SW17.

The cyclist, a 16-year-old male cyclist from Streatham Vale, was taken to St. George’s Hospital by ambulance where he later died. Next of kin have been informed. A post mortem and inquest will be arranged in due course.

The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene. It is understood that the cyclist and articulated lorry were both travelling south and had stopped at the traffic lights at the junction. The collision occurred as the lights changed and vehicles started to pull away.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit at Hampton Traffic Garage on 020 8941 9011.

So the count goes to 9 of 10 London cyclists killed in 2008. My condolences to the family and friends of the victim. Given the paucity of details available I would ask my readers to refrain from speculation or innuendo.

  1. This is now being reported in the local press:
    He would have been one of my neighbours…

    — Alex Ball    21 October 2008, 15:03    #
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