A cyclist has been killed in Leeds following an incident late on Monday evening that also left the driver of one of the cars involved in intensive care. Police are appealing for witnesses, and have also called upon people not to share “very graphic video footage” of the incident that has been circulating on social media.
The victim, a 33-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened on the A65 Kirkstall Road shortly before 11.30pm on Monday evening opposite well-known local bike shop Woodrup Cycles.
The road is a major arterial route into Leeds city centre from the north west and has a speed limit of 30 miles an hour.
The 22-year-old driver of a Volkswagen Golf involved in the collision that overturned and crashed into two shops, causing “significant damage,” was taken to hospital where his condition was described as “serious but stable” by West Yorkshire Police.
Two other men, aged 23 and 36, who were in a Volkswagen Passat have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and have been released on police bail.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Spencer said yesterday: "This is clearly a very serious incident that has resulted in a man's death and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances.
"We have already spoken to some witnesses but we are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw the movements of either the two cars or the cyclist in the time leading up to the collision."
Anyone who has information regarding the incident is requested to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting log number 1843 of November 14.
Sergeant Ann Drury added: "We are aware of very graphic video footage taken by bystanders at the fatal road traffic collision in Kirkstall Road, Leeds, on Monday night, that is being shared on social media.
"We would ask that those who have posted such footage and those who are considering sharing it further think very carefully about the impact this will have on the family of the man who died and to show them suitable respect at what is clearly a very difficult time."
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