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'Die-in' vigil planned to remember Boris Bike cyclist killed by Crossrail tipper truck in London

"We want this to be a huge one because we are fed up" say organisers after fourth HGV fatality this year...

A vigil is to be held in remembrance of a cyclist killed by a tipper truck in central London this week.

Claire Hitier-Abadie, who was 36, was killed by a vehicle involved in Crossrail works near Victoria Station while riding a Boris Bike on Thursday morning, making her the second cyclist to be killed while using one of the ubiquitous rental bikes.

The French-born woman moved to London last year from Paris, with her husband and two children.

A “die-in” protest on March 2 is planned near Victoria, There have been four fatal HGV collisions this year so far.

Donnachadh McCarthy from the Stop Killing Cyclists campaign told the Evening Standard: “We’re now arranging our fourth vigil since the start of the year. We want this to be a huge one because we are fed up.”

The collision in Bressenden Place was just a few metres from the spot where Katharine Giles, 35, was killed by a left-turning HGV in April 2013.

It’s the second fatal Boris Bike collision in London. In July 2013 Philippine De Gerin-Ricard, 20, who was also French, died in Whitechapel.

Reports indicate that the lorry was fitted with cameras which may allow a full investigation into the collision.

A Twitter user, @donna_de said last night: “Absolutely devastated. My colleague’s wife was killed while cycle commuting this morning, crushed by a lorry. The boss came over to tell us as we all work on an open floor. It’s awful at work. Who does her husband hug and cry with?

“[Before being told] he was laughing and joking at the office. It took two hours to be notified. Two young children robbed of a mother, a husband losing his love, all due to a left turning lorry.”

Gareth Osborn, business unit director at Segro, where Mrs Hitier-Abadie recently worked, said: “She worked for us for four months covering maternity leave. She was a very popular exemplary employee and are thoughts are with her family.”

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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