Rider loses life after becoming trapped underneath lorry

Greater Manchester Police have launched a witness appeal after a cyclist was killed yesterday morning after becoming trapped underneath a lorry. The incident happened just after 9.30am at the junction of Hollyhedge Road and Southmoor Road in Baguley.

When police and other emergency services arrived, the 26-year-old male cyclist was unconscious but still alive, however he died at the scene, according to a statement from the force.

A man was on suspicion of causing death by driving without due care and attention, and was taken into custody to be questioned.

Sergeant Adam Greenslade from Wythenshawe Road Policing Unit commented: “A young man has tragically died this morning in Baguley and we are appealing for anyone who saw this incident to call us so we can establish the exact circumstances surrounding his death.

“Please get in touch if you have any information that may assist with our investigation.”

Anyone who has information is requested to call the Road Policing Unit on 0161 856 6108 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


farrell [1946 posts] 6 years ago

GMP tweeted about this yesterday calling it a collision between a lorry and a cyclist. I wasn't happy about the language used, a collision to me suggests more of a coming together, being trapped underneath a lorry suggests the driver has gone straight through him. I frequently cycle round Wythenshawe and there are a lot of wagons about due to the industrial estates round there and its proximity to the airport. There is a lot of off road cycle lanes around there but the majority are badly thought out and barely useable. I myself have had to bail out onto the pavement due to being squeezed off the road by a truck in Baguley so I was saddened to hear this news as it struck somewhat of a chord with me.

djcritchley [184 posts] 6 years ago

I have noticed that when a pedestrian is involved it is reported that they have been hit by the car/bicycle/lorry etc but when a cyclist is involved it is alway reported that they were involved in a collision.

crazy-legs [967 posts] 6 years ago

It's legal speak. They stopped calling it Road Traffic Accident cos the word Accident implies that no-one was at fault. Calling it a collision doesn't put blame on anyone but still makes it clear that it was a "coming together" of two or more vehicles.

But legal jargon isn't designed to be sensitive to those reading about it. RIP.  2