Wednesday 1 August 2012

Cyclist killed by Olympic bus #London2012

News just coming in that a 30-year-old cyclist was killed in Newham near the velodrome, hockey stadia and paralympic tennis arena on the edge of the Olympic Park. He was run over by a media bus and vehicles are currently not leaving the Media transport Mall's multi-storey car park.

It is not clear yet whether the cyclist was attending events, a volunteer, a passing member of the public or even an athlete. But sadly any death is such a circumstance is unfortunate.

No doubt more details will become clear once the next of kin have been informed.

My thoughts are with his family at this time. As someone who was knocked off their bike four time while I studied and worked in London I know just how inconsiderate some London drivers are, and how some of them even ignore clear traffic markings.

Update the International Olympic Committee have confirmed that the victim is not an athlete taking part in the Games.

Update 2 After initial reports that nobody had been arrested in conjunction with the death, a mid-60s man has now been arrested and take to an East London police station suspected of causing death by dangerous driving.

Update 3 The cyclist has been named as 28-year-old Daniel Harris who was a web specialist from Ilford who had recently started using his bike to commute to work. He death has led to Bradley Wiggins calling on cycle helmets to be made compulsory, and headphones and use of handheld phones to be illegal while riding.

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