Cyclist, 32, dies after crash with Co-op lorry in London in sixth fatal accident this year

The accident happened in Camberwell during Thursday's morning rush hour

Lizzie Dearden
Friday 29 May 2015 11:35 BST
The cyclist died in hospital hours after the crash in Camberwell. Photo: Russell Thorn
The cyclist died in hospital hours after the crash in Camberwell. Photo: Russell Thorn

A 32-year-old woman has become the sixth cyclist to die in London this year after a crash with a lorry.

She was riding through Camberwell, south London, during Thursday morning’s rush hour when her bike collided with a Co-operative lorry near a junction.

Paramedics and an air ambulance were on the scene within minutes at around 8am and she was taken to a hospital in a critical condition.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said she died on Thursday evening.

The woman has not yet been formally identified but her family has been informed. A post-mortem will take place in due course to establish the cause of death.

Photos of the aftermath of the accident showed the mangled bike lying partly on the pavement on a corner opposite a branch of Costa coffee.

The driver of the lorry, who stopped metres away down a side road, was not arrested.

A witness described the junction, between Denmark Hill and Orpheus Street, as "absolutely terrifying".

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A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food said: “We are extremely sorry to hear about the death of a cyclist who was involved in an accident with one of our delivery vehicles and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

"We are co-operating fully with the police who are investigating.”

It was the sixth fatal cycling accident in the capital since the start of this year, all of which have involved lorries.

In April, renowned designer Moira Gemmill, who was overseeing renovations at Windsor Castle, was killed in an accident near Lambeth Bridge.

A French-born mother-of-two, Claire Hitier-Abadie, died in an accident with a Crossrail lorry as she rode a cycle-hire “Boris bike” through central London in February.

Another female cyclist, in her 50s, died in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey on Thursday morning in a crash involving a car, van and tanker.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed Thursday’s crash or the events leading up to it to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8285 1574.

Additional reporting by PA

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