Police appeal for witnesses after cyclist killed in south-west London

25-year-old man involved in collision with Silver Honda Accord

by John Stevenson   July 21, 2014  

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

The Metropolitan Police is appealing for witnesses after a cyclist died following a collision with a car in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 25-year-old-man, who has not yet been named, was involved in a collision with a silver Honda Accord on Kingston Road, Merton, London SW20. Police were called to the scene at 00:45 on Saturday, July 19.

The rider was taken by London Ambulance Service to hospital, but died at 09:45.

The driver, a 32-year-old male, stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157.

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This accident happened just a few 100 metres from my home. It's a junction I will either walk, ride or drive through every single day. There's little about it that makes it especially more dangerous than any other similar junction in London, though I'm sure campaigners will now voice some concern about it.

On Saturday, after hearing the news I wandered down there, I had somewhere I needed to be, but I still took a longer route so that I could pass the spot. The only clue that something had happened was a tiny bit of Police tape that hadn't been removed.

The road was busier than any day I've seen it this year. The traffic was crawling, cars gridlocked and moving a fraction of my walking speed. Looking down the road, the exhaust pollution was easily visible.

Oddly, I didn't see a single cyclist. On a typical working day it will have a good number of long distance commuters heading towards the start of CS7. On that day, the absence just reminded me how far we still have to go.

posted by bikebot [640 posts]
21st July 2014 - 15:13

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The junction is, as @bikebot says, utterly unremarkable. I suspect though that accident occurring at 0045 is probably more pertinent: darkness and alcohol almost certainly contributing factors.

Kingston Road is exactly the sort of suburban road that sums up a problem in desperate need of solution - a very busy single carriageway road with few alternatives given the amount of traffic who try to use it (it is bounded by various railway lines which limit the parallel options). It is narrow enough in places to constrict pavements, let alone separate cycling infrastructure.

posted by unsliced [15 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 9:42

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We should be very careful about speculating, the driver was arrested, so there is a good possibility of a prosecution. He would have been breathalysed at the scene.

posted by bikebot [640 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 10:59

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It's significant that there are only three comments to this article.

I felt this sense of 'resignation' this morning, as I came out of Greenwich Park, heading towards the little junction at the bottom, turning left onto Nelson Road. At that point, the road has three lanes. The left one curves back to the left, heading south onto Greenwich High Road, and the middle and right-hand one curve north.

I pull out from the aforementioned junction, and I'm in the middle lane, occupying (as usual) the left 'third' of that lane. I hear a flatbed truck coming up behind me, and I can hear that he's on the left lane. The roar of his engine, and the clatter of his flatbed, and my 'spidey sense' kicked in, and I thought, 'Someone's in a hurry...'

As he was on the left hand land, I assume he's taking the left, and so I move into the centre of my lane, to make sure he passes me with enough clearance.

Just as well I did.

Matey doesn't give a shit about anyone else, passes me on the left with about 4 - 8 inches to spare, barrels into my lane, and heads right onto the Market Square. If I had stayed where I was, he'd have hit me - or at the very least, would have passed me even closer than that.

I mentally noted his registration number, and then you know what? A mile later, I thought, 'Ah, what the hell..'. Because I'd have reported him through RoadSafe London, and two weeks later, would have got an e-mail from the Met, saying thank you very much for your submission, which we have recorded and it will help us in future road planning and traffic law enforcement. However, we are unable to take this matter further at this time'.

In other words: 'so what, you effing tw*t? You chose to use a 'child's toy' for your means of transport, and a grown up decided that you were holding him up'.

And that's exactly what the authorities want. They save money by setting up 'Road Safe', which in reality is a PR stunt to convince us that they care. They save even more money by having one person answering the e-mails, and they save even more money by being able to fob us off with a simple response, whereas it'd be harder if the complainant were actually standing in front of the copper. The result is that many people just can't be arsed.

End result: money saved, road traffic offences 'reduced', and Hogan-Howe gets his golden handshake when he leaves the Met, and everyone's happy.

Except cyclists. But then, who gives a f**k about them?

'It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning' (Henry Ford)

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posted by cyclingDMlondon [226 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 8:55

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@cyclingDMlondon

You may have seen this before, it's worth a read if not - https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/metropolitan_police_road_safe_lo

Upgrading roadsafe to deal more robustly with complaints and video evidence would have a significant impact in improving road safety, and at very low cost to the Police. There are politicians interested in the idea.

Like many I ride with a camera for safety first, and also because sometimes it's just nice to record a journey through a beautiful country. I know from incidents that happened to me years ago, that video evidence would have made a difference.

I haven't been to Greenwich for sometime, but I remember that central square as a bit of a racetrack.

posted by bikebot [640 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 11:36

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bikebot wrote:
@cyclingDMlondon

You may have seen this before, it's worth a read if not - https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/metropolitan_police_road_safe_lo

Upgrading roadsafe to deal more robustly with complaints and video evidence would have a significant impact in improving road safety, and at very low cost to the Police. There are politicians interested in the idea.

Like many I ride with a camera for safety first, and also because sometimes it's just nice to record a journey through a beautiful country. I know from incidents that happened to me years ago, that video evidence would have made a difference.

I haven't been to Greenwich for sometime, but I remember that central square as a bit of a racetrack.

Interesting. I made a similar FOI request to the Met, and they told me to eff off.

'It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning' (Henry Ford)

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posted by cyclingDMlondon [226 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 14:03

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The cyclist has now been named as Laurent Patrick Cullinan

Details via the Evening Standard - http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/a-chunk-of-us-has-died-with-our-so...

posted by bikebot [640 posts]
23rd July 2014 - 15:15

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