Two Dead And A Cyclist Critical After Separate Collisions

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 41 months ago
Two Dead And A Cyclist Critical After Separate Collisions

Photo by Doug from the Londonist Flickr pool

Three nasty incidents on London's roads in the last few days have left two men dead and a woman in critical condition.

Police were called to Leman Street near Aldgate just after 7am on Saturday. A 57-year-old male cyclist was taken to hospital following a collision with a car, where he died the following day. The driver was arrested at the scene and has been bailed until February. The man is the 12th cyclist to die on London's roads this year. Fourteen cyclists died in 2013.

A motorcyclist has died following a crash near Tower Bridge this (Monday) morning. The collision involved a lorry, and the driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Paramedics were unable to save the as-yet-unnamed motorcyclist's life and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Also earlier this morning, a pedestrian was hit by a lorry at the junction of Clerkenwell Road and St John Street. The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene but hasn't been arrested. The Air Ambulance attended to take the critically injured woman to hospital; a spokesman for City police said her injuries are "potentially life-threatening".
Update: since this article was written, it's become clear the woman was in fact a cyclist, not a pedestrian.

Rosie Downes from the London Cycling Campaign, said: "The Mayor has prioritised improving the major junction at nearby Aldgate, but this latest fatality emphasises how crucial it is that the Mayor and Transport for London look at the area as a whole. Leman Street runs between Cycle Superhighways 2 and 3, and is the main way to reach Tower Bridge from the east of the City, yet offers no protection for cyclists. Tackling road danger on routes in isolation, without considering their connectivity, leaves unacceptable danger on our streets. We extend our deepest sympathy to this man’s family and friends, and to everyone who has lost loved ones in collisions on London's streets."

Last Updated 08 December 2014

Vision Zero London

1. The victim on St John Street was on a bicycle, according to the report

2. According to our figures, there have been 12 (not 13) fatalities while cycling in London. Are we missing one?

Greg Tingey

So 13 (or 14 or 12) cycling fatalities in London this year.
And - how many pedestrians killed?
We never seem to hear or see that number, do we?
Odd, that.

Rachel Holdsworth

At the time of writing, the woman on St John Street was being reported as a pedestrian (there were accounts that she was a cyclist but police said she was a pedestrian). That's evidently been clarified now, so I'll update the article.

Vision Zero London, I actually used your data to verify BBC London, which said there have been 13 deaths! (Can't find the original BBC article now.)... Ah, I see, the first death happened in St Albans.

Greg: we actually asked that very same question last year...