Tributes paid to physiotherapist killed in lorry crash - vigil tonight in North London

Stephanie Turner "could brighten up a room," says friend...

Friends have paid tribute to Stephanie Turner, the 29-year-old physiotherapist who last week became the 13th person to die on Britain's roads this year.

Ms Turner was involved in a collision with a tipper truck shortly before 8am on Tuesday January 20 at the junction of Bethune Road and Amhurst Park in N16. She died at the scene.

Described as a keen and experienced cyclist, Ms Turner was on her way to a patient appointment when she was killed, according to Anna Dubuis in the Evening Standard.

She loved being able to ride between clinics as part of her job. She recently posted on Facebook: “Today my job has required me to cycle through Regents Park, Hyde Park, Baker Street and Oxford Circus. Best job ever!”

Ms Turner was a keen runner, climber and triathlete. She was engaged to fellow athletics enthusiast Ian Pibworth and shared a house with him and several friends.

Schoolfriend Natalie Sharpe told the Standard: “Steph and Ian had plans together for the future and were going to move but she delayed it because she loved living in London so much and riding from clinic to clinic. She was a real outdoors person, she did marathons, she swam, she cycled, she climbed mountains.

“When I found out last week I couldn’t believe it. It’s devastating. We had big plans for this year as a whole group of our school friends are turning 30. She referred to us as the ‘Devon girls’, she had so many friends from all over the place.  We love her to bits. Everyone just loved her.

“She would walk into a room and without even trying everyone would be smiling. She could brighten up a room. She was naturally kind and funny. We would have crazy nights out and in. We are going to miss her, she was very precious.”

Many of Ms Turner's friends left tributes on her Facebook page.

Michelle Coles wrote: “There really aren’t enough words to describe what an amazing person Stephanie Turner was.

“She brightened up everyone’s lives who knew her and was like one of the sisters I never had. We love you mate and you will never ever be forgotten.”

The driver of the lorry was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists is tonight organising a vigil and die-in for Stephanie Turner.

The group will meet at 6:00pm at the junction of Amhurst Park and Seven Sisters road, with a ride to the protest leaving Ludgate circus at 17:30.

"We ask as many of you as possible to attend and to remember our fellow cyclist as well as highlighting the need for space and decent infrastructure for cyclists," said the organisers.

Full details on Stop Killing Cyclists' Facebook page.

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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