Campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists (SKC) is coordinating a commemorative vigil next Monday at 6pm for the cyclist killed in a collision with a lorry in London yesterday afternoon.
The victim, Akis Kollaros, was a 34-year old from Dalston. He has been confirmed to have been a member of the London Dynamo cycling club who worked as a sound engineer and music producer, according to Hackney Hive.
Mr Kollaros died after a collision with a tipper truck at the junction of Homerton High Street and Mcintosh Lane, Hackney shortly before 4:20pm on February 2.
The driver of the truck stopped at the scene and assisted police with their enquiries. He was not arrested.
Announcing the vigil on Facebook late last night, an SKC spokesperson said:
Following the very sad news of the death of a cyclist today at Homerton High Street, near the Fire Station, London E9, there will be a Vigil and Die-In at this spot next Monday 9th February, meeting from 6pm for Die-In and Vigil at 6.30pm.
We ask as many of you as possible to attend and to remember our fellow cyclist as well as highlighting for the second time in just two weeks, the need for space and decent infrastructure for cyclists.
Please would you share this post as much as possible. We will be contacting local and national media, local politicians and liaising with other cycle groups.
If anyone knew the victim and would like to take part in the vigil, you would be very welcome. But we also respect the privacy of family and friends if they do not wish to take part.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for information about the collision.
Police are urging witnesses and anyone with information to call police on 0208-543-5157 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.
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