Fourth London cyclist fatality so far this year

The Metropolitan Police is appealing for witnesses after the death of a cyclist in a hit-and-crash on Friday in Clapham Manor Street, SW4.

The as-yet-unnamed 26-year-old male cyclist was hit shortly before 10:25 on Friday, April 4.

He was taken to King’s College Hospital, but died from his injuries the following day.

The victim has been formally identified and his next-of-kin have been notified.

After the crash a black BMW 5 series car with black tinted windows was seen leaving the scene.

Before the incident the car was seen in Clapham High Street and turned into Clapham Manor Street. It carried on north on Clapham Manor Street.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Catford are investigating and have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident who has not been identified to contact them as soon as possible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the unit on 020 8285 1547, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the police non-emergency line 101.

Four cyclists have been killed on the streets of London so far this year. Last week a man was killed when he was hit by a tipper lorry at Ludgate Circus. Campaigners have demanded to know why this notorious junction is not earmarked for improvement in the mayor's Better Junctions scheme.

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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.