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Another cyclist killed in London - and again, a lorry is involved

Third fatal incident in capital involving a truck in past two and a half weeks

A 26-year-old female cyclist has been killed following a collision with a lorry in Central London on Friday evening.

The fatal incident took place at around 9.20pm at Vernon Place, WC1, a matter of yards from the junction where cyclist Francis Golding was involved in a collision with a coach in November 2013. Mr Golding later died of his injuries.

The London Air Ambulance attended the incident yesterday evening at the junction with Bloomsbury Square, but the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Metropolitan Police said that their Serious Collision Investigation Unit is investigating, adding that no arrests have been made as yet.

They also said that they are informing next of kin.

A witness appeal has been launched; police can be contacted on 020 8991 9555 quoting CAD9122/7Feb.

There are no details yet of the specific type of lorry involved in yesterday evening's incident.

On 20 January, physiotherapist Stephanie Turner was killed as a result of a collision involving a tipper truck in Stamford Hill.

A tipper lorry was also involved in the incident that claimed the life of music producer and sound engineer Akis Kollaros in Homerton last Monday.

Update - February 9

Police have released the name of the victim of the latest crash. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: "While formal identification awaits, officers are confident the deceased is Federica Baldassa, 26 (dob 30.03.88) an Italian national from Stepney."

Police added that the truck driver stopped at the scene.

Early reports gave Federica's age as 25.




Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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