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

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.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

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.

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bikebot [2137 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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unsliced [17 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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bikebot [2137 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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bikebot [2137 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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bikebot [2137 posts] 2 years ago
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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...