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

Fourth London cyclist fatality so far this year

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.

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013 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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