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Police appeal for witnesses to fatal collision, 11th London cyclist killed
26.11.09 by Buffalo Bill

From the Met Police press office:

Traffic officers are appealing for witnesses and information after a cyclist died following a collision with a bus in central London. Police were called at approx 23:00hrs on Wednesday 11 November to reports of a bus and a cyclist in collision on Southampton Row, at the junction with in Theobalds Road WC1.

Officers, Ambulance Service and Fire Brigade all attended and the discovered a woman suffering serious injuries. The woman was treated at the scene before being taken to Royal London Hospital in a critical condition. She was later transferred to the St George’s Hospital where she died on Sunday 22 November.

Next of kin have been informed. She was Dorothy Rose Elder, 22 (14/11/86), a student living in Whitechapel.

The incident is being investigated by the Collision Investigation Unit at Euston Traffic Garage.

Collision Investigators are keen to keen for any witnesses that were in and around the area at the time of the incident. In particular they are keen to hear from a Hackney Carriage driver and his fares who where dropped of near the scene around the time of the collision. Any witness or anyone with any information is asked to call the dedicated witness line on 020 7388 6806; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

This unfortunate young woman was the 10th London cyclist to have been killed in London, 2009. The bus was, apparently, a double-decker.

Earlier this week the Standard reported on the death of the 11th cyclist, who died of injuries sustained in a collision with a motorcyclist. Worth noting that the collision did not take place in a bus lane.

The press release says: so far this year a total of eleven cyclists have died on London’s roads, eight of those involved collisions with heavy goods vehicles and seven out of the eight people killed [by HGVs] were women.

The Met’s own video on HGV/cyclist danger is here. Worth a look if you have no idea about the nature of the problem.

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  1. I happened across the horrible scene moments after the collision took place. It was very unpleasant.

    My condolences to her loved ones x

    — sideshow    26 November 2009, 22:46    #
  2. I passed the aftermath of a serious bicycle/bus crash this evening, junction of Goswell & Wakley. Wishing well to the cyclist.

    — Michael    27 November 2009, 22:36    #
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