Police appeal for witnesses after hit-and-run death of cyclist in Clapham

Fourth London cyclist fatality so far this year

by John Stevenson   April 8, 2014  

Broken bike (CC licensed image by garryknight, www.flickr.com)

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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BMW... tinted windows... every time I see a car like that, they're speeding.

posted by eurotrash [76 posts]
8th April 2014 - 9:44

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"Death by careless, 1 year suspended, 2 year ban. Client has shown remorse and is of previous good character."

What odds can I have?

posted by flathunt [9 posts]
8th April 2014 - 9:47

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Very sad indeed. I go through there regularly and have called in nobber driving to the met before as there is plenty of it around. I suspect I would have been better off calling the samaritans as at least they would have listened.
The sad reality is that a young life has been taken because dangerous driving is not taken seriously. Way past time for change.

posted by arfa [445 posts]
8th April 2014 - 9:48

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eurotrash wrote:

BMW... tinted windows... every time I see a car like that, they're speeding.

There should be a 500% arsehole tax on those kind of cars.

Work harder. Buy a tank.

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posted by userfriendly [224 posts]
8th April 2014 - 10:16

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eurotrash wrote:
BMW... tinted windows... every time I see a car like that, they're speeding.

Without indulging in too much stereotyping (I drive a black BMW btw...) such cars are frequently found to be uninsured...

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posted by Gizmo_ [751 posts]
8th April 2014 - 10:28

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Black BMW. Tinted windows. South of the river... Likely drug dealer / gang member... Car won't have been insured, likely now a burnt shell and untraceable.

We could really do with some more police patrol cars, running plates as a matter of course.

posted by jacknorell [272 posts]
8th April 2014 - 10:55

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Very sad news, my sympathy goes out to the family.

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posted by stumps [2669 posts]
8th April 2014 - 11:49

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Clapham Manor Street is narrow with cars parked on either side and vehicle speeds should be low. Anyone driving at more than 20mph along it is a fool.

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8th April 2014 - 11:58

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OldRidgeback wrote:
Clapham Manor Street is narrow with cars parked on either side and vehicle speeds should be low. Anyone driving at more than 20mph along it is a fool.

fool = potential murderer

posted by MrGear [84 posts]
8th April 2014 - 13:36

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Live round the corner and cycle up it all the time. It has some of the biggest and most frequent sleeping policemen in London, so I don't know how anyone could top 25 mph along there?
Biggest problem is cars parking right up to the junctions along it.

posted by belgravedave [164 posts]
8th April 2014 - 14:05

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There seem a lot of reports of the car's location. I wonder what it was doing to attract so much attention?

posted by alexb [42 posts]
8th April 2014 - 14:15

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belgravedave wrote:
Live round the corner and cycle up it all the time. It has some of the biggest and most frequent sleeping policemen in London, so I don't know how anyone could top 25 mph along there?
Biggest problem is cars parking right up to the junctions along it.

I live nearby too and I know that road well as it used to be part of my daily commute to north London. Yep, the speed bumps will beat the crap out of your car's suspension if you drive at more than 20mph, but people still do. There is CCTV on Clapham Road and hopefully someone will be able to get the registration number of the suspect vehicle using enhancement software.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2132 posts]
8th April 2014 - 14:30

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Very sad news.
I've only recently started cycling to work (6 months or so), and in that short time I have noticed that a wildly disproportionate number of BMW drivers are incredibly reckless and dangerous on the road. Not one for stereotypes etc., but it really is noticeable in my opinion.

posted by JungleJohn [1 posts]
8th April 2014 - 18:16

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Difficult not to stereotype reading this sad story, unfortunately not enough is done by the government to promote safety. Bring back those adverts that plagued our TV screens in the 70s....Think Bike (ok it was aimed a motor cyclists but it could apply to non motor powered bikes)......condolences to this poor soles family At Wits End

posted by HoorayHilander [1 posts]
8th April 2014 - 18:45

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Firstly, deepest condolences and sympathies to the victim and his family. Tragic and entirely unnecessary waste of life.

As far as I understand from nursery staff, it happened right outside my child's nursery and by the now unfortunately topically named Bicycle Mews (near the leisure centre - Clapham High Street end).

Its a part of the road where the narrow single-lane between the parked cars on both sides opens out quite a bit as it goes past the leisure centre.

Not all that many significant speed bumps around there (have a look at google maps street view).

In my experience over the last few years of regularly going to Clapham Manor Street, the vast majority of cars drive pretty slowly and carefully along there because there is so little space. Sadly, it only takes one person not being careful...

As OldRidgeback points out, there are a lot of CCTV cameras around Clapham. Given the accuracy of knowledge of when it happened, you would hope that the recordings from all the CCTV feeds in the area could be examined to identify all the black beemers in the vicinty at the time...

Hoping that they track down the responsible party and that approprate action is taken. But ultimately nothing can be done to remove the damage that has been done.

Very sad indeed.

posted by Tjuice [105 posts]
8th April 2014 - 19:38

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The piece in The Evening Standard suggests that it might have been something quite different. It reports a family member having said the victim had called to say he was being followed by someone. According to the news piece, it might have been a hit.

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8th April 2014 - 21:44

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[[[[[ Come to think of it; you could drive at just 10mph and delete a cyclist, in a narrow street clogged with parked cars, provided you're a "careless" or "dangerous" driver. I'm not commenting on the above incident, just generalising.
P.R.
No, wait a min....isn't "careless driving" dangerous driving, given the enormous lump you're supposed to be controlling?
P.R.

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8th April 2014 - 21:47

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