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Collision took place in the Parson’s Green area

A 67-year-old woman who was hit by a cyclist during this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey sportive has died in hospital. Police are investigating the circumstances of the collision and are appealing for witnesses.

The London Evening Standard reports that a collision between a pedestrian and cyclist took place shortly after midday on July 30 on New King’s Road near to the junction with Guion Road.

The woman was taken to a West London hospital with serious head injuries but died on August 31. The male cyclist, who is in his 60s, was also hospitalised but subsequently discharged.

Detective Sergeant Alastair Middleton, from the Met's serious collision investigation unit, said: "In light of the sad news that the pedestrian in this collision has passed away, it is important that we understand more about the circumstances surrounding the collision from either members of the public or those working as part of the event.

“Please call into the incident room if you have information, footage or images that could benefit our investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to call 0208 543 5157, or the police 101 non-emergency number.

This year’s RideLondon also saw the death of a man taking part in the event. Maris Ozols, aged 67, died after sustaining a cardiac arrest on Cromwell Road, around 13 miles into the event.

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Jimnm [268 posts] 3 months ago
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That is a terrible thing to happen. Sincere condolences to the poor woman's family.

 

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kil0ran [597 posts] 3 months ago
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I rode past seconds after it happened, there was a dachshund running towards the riders with someone trying to catch it, and marshals tending to both rider and pedestrian. Fast straight section slightly downhill with a marshal controlled crossing. Very sad news, I also rode past medics attending to the rider on the Cromwell Road.

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BehindTheBikesheds [981 posts] 3 months ago
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Condolences to family, however given the obvious seriousness why hadn't the police investigated this and requested footage shortly after the event when fresh in the mind?
Do they suspect foul play?
I smell a rat/fit up ...

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Grahamd [752 posts] 3 months ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

Condolences to family, however given the obvious seriousness why hadn't the police investigated this and requested footage shortly after the event when fresh in the mind? Do they suspect foul play? I smell a rat/fit up ...

Tend to agree, and given recent hysteria against cyclists can't see any cyclist providing video evidence to the police in case it challenges the braking ability of somebody enjoying a closed road event.

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Yorkshie Whippet [624 posts] 3 months ago
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I don't want to get into victim blaming. What  part of the closed road does this country have an issue with/ is confused about?

It's the Great North Run today, anyone fancy blocking the route with some bikes or parking their car on the route?

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kil0ran [597 posts] 3 months ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

Condolences to family, however given the obvious seriousness why hadn't the police investigated this and requested footage shortly after the event when fresh in the mind? Do they suspect foul play? I smell a rat/fit up ...

They did appeal for statements and footage at the time, as did Ride London. RL contacted everyone in close proximity based on their ride times/tracking. I'd imagine there will be a lot of material they already have but people may be more willing to offer statements given the seriousness.

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Duncann [1158 posts] 3 months ago
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kil0ran wrote:
BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

Condolences to family, however given the obvious seriousness why hadn't the police investigated this and requested footage shortly after the event when fresh in the mind? Do they suspect foul play? I smell a rat/fit up ...

They did appeal for statements and footage at the time, as did Ride London. RL contacted everyone in close proximity based on their ride times/tracking. I'd imagine there will be a lot of material they already have but people may be more willing to offer statements given the seriousness.

The nearby case of the Putney Pusher was a similarly-delayed one. No cyclists involved.

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workhard [400 posts] 3 months ago
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Yorkshie Whippet wrote:

I don't want to get into victim blaming. What  part of the closed road does this country have an issue with/ is confused about?

The bit of closed road that legally only applies to motor traffic? Obstruction, as in "blocking the route" with bikes or cars is completely different to a pedestrian simply crossing a so-called closed road during an event.

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ChrisB200SX [565 posts] 3 months ago
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workhard wrote:
Yorkshie Whippet wrote:

I don't want to get into victim blaming. What  part of the closed road does this country have an issue with/ is confused about?

The bit of closed road that legally only applies to motor traffic? Obstruction, as in "blocking the route" with bikes or cars is completely different to a pedestrian simply crossing a so-called closed road during an event.

You are splitting hairs. Maybe crossing in front, or in the middle, of the Great North Run while carrying a bike would be better comparison?

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700c [1171 posts] 3 months ago
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ChrisB200SX wrote:
workhard wrote:
Yorkshie Whippet wrote:

I don't want to get into victim blaming. What  part of the closed road does this country have an issue with/ is confused about?

The bit of closed road that legally only applies to motor traffic? Obstruction, as in "blocking the route" with bikes or cars is completely different to a pedestrian simply crossing a so-called closed road during an event.

You are splitting hairs. Maybe crossing in front, or in the middle, of the Great North Run while carrying a bike would be better comparison?

No pedestrians may still cross, at designated points. When I did RL our group was actually stopped twice on the home stretch by marshals to allow pedestrians to cross.

So let's not jump to conclusions.

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kil0ran [597 posts] 3 months ago
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This.

As I understand it the roads weren't closed to pedestrians and most sections weren't barriered. Yes there were designated crossing points and marshals were guiding pedestrians to those, but there was nothing in most areas to prevent a pedestrian from walking out. Not sure that riders were made particularly aware of this danger and it was easy to get into a "closed roads, full gas" mindset. I certainly did and this incident has made me more aware of the risk. I was doing 35/40mph on the downhill sections through Kingston/Wimbledon/Putney and there was no way I could have stopped if someone had stepped out. You're kind of relying on either marshals or pedestrians having some common-sense/self preservation. I heard at the time that the victim had stepped out despite marshals asking her to wait to cross but no idea if that was actually the case.

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Yorkshire wallet [1573 posts] 2 months ago
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Sportive speed limit incoming.....

"It's not a race"

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Jimmy Ray Will [817 posts] 2 months ago
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So thats three fatalities from collissions with cycling this year in London alone. 

Are things getting worse, and if so why? 

However, along with all the clickbait band wagon jumoing articles aplenty, I reckon I must now have been made aware of a good 20-30% of all cyclist pedestrian incidents that have taken place in this country. 

Thats pretty comprehensive reporting actually. 

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oldstrath [921 posts] 2 months ago
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Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

So thats three fatalities from collissions with cycling this year in London alone. 

Are things getting worse, and if so why? 

However, along with all the clickbait band wagon jumoing articles aplenty, I reckon I must now have been made aware of a good 20-30% of all cyclist pedestrian incidents that have taken place in this country. 

Thats pretty comprehensive reporting actually. 

Well, if there really has been a big increase in cycling in London you'd expect some increase in deaths due to cycling, cp. Add in random variation, that may well be it, without needing special causes. But as people are crap at anything random  causes will indeed be sought.