A cyclist has died in a collision with an HGV on Tuesday afternoon at Elephant and Castle.
The cyclist, a 47 year-old man, died at the scene after being involved in the collision at Walworth Roundabout around 4pm. The driver has since been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.
Yesterday’s fatality is the fifth on London’s roads this year. In April, Victor Manuel Ben Rodriguez died following a collision with an HGV at Ludgate Circus and Leon Richards was killed in a hit and run in Clapham. In February, Kevin Lane died after a collision with car in South Woodford, and Michael Mason died three weeks after a crash in Regent Street.
The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) points out that Elephant and Castle ‘has the highest collision rates for cycling, including one of the worst fatality records, of any location in Greater London’. It also highlighted the inadequacy of both improvements already made to the roads in the area and TfL’s proposals for enhancing cycling provision.
The police are appealing for witnesses to the crash — call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Catford Traffic Garage 020 8285 1574 with any information.
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