Update: cyclist killed by Tesco lorry/LGV/HGV Brixton
11.12.07 by Buffalo Bill
There are a number of questions about the fatal collision on Thursday 6th December that left a mother dead. Most of them will only be answered, if ever, after a police investigation, and any subsequent legal action, including the inquest.
However, according to Selim who was on the scene very shortly after the collision, the lorry was stopped in Christchurch Road, around 100 metres
west east of the junction with Brixton Hill. The body of the cyclist was lying in the road around 3 metres west of the junction, with a trail of debris from the junction to the body. Amongst that debris, Selim told me that he saw cyclist’s smashed helmet.
The Standard has a report today (2007-12-11 page 26) headlined Inquiry as Tesco lorry kills woman cyclist at junction. The report adds a little detail to what we have already seen. The dead woman’s name is Kate
Robson Charles, and she is described as a keen environmentalist, and a regular cyclist.
The Standard also quotes Bill Walker, who posted a comment on the news report on thisislocallondon.
As for the investigation, all Tesco drivers involved in an accident are subject to a drink and drugs test, debriefed by managment and suspended pending further investigation, when ready a further interview will take place with representation and so forth until a conclusion is agreed upon. However if a police investigation is ongoing, no final decision will be taken until the end of that investigation.
It’s nice that Tesco is doing an investigation, but as we reported earlier, at least one Tesco driver was reportedly suspended recently for refusing to breach Tesco’s own safety rules, so one has be a little sceptical of any claim that Tesco might make about best practice etc.
The Standard reporter also speculates that the driver failed to see the cyclist in the passenger-side mirror. Failed to see, or failed to look, I would say, but we’ll have to wait until after the police investigation for any answer to that question.