A man in his early 30s, who has now been named as Ben Wales from Erith in Kent, has died following a collision with a lorry in east London's Docklands on Thursday. It is the third time a London cyclist has been killed this week following two fatalities on Monday.
The London Evening Standard reports that the incident took place shortly before 1.30pm on Thursday when a tipper truck from Orpington-based Primagrange turned left onto North Woolwich Road, near Silvertown West DLR station.
The victim, wearing a helmet and high-vis vest, is reported to have been dragged at least 20 yards beneath the vehicle’s wheels before the driver was alerted by oncoming motorists.
A bus driver pulled up and attempted to save the man. Paramedics then arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The lorry driver stopped at the scene and has not been arrested.
Anita Szucs was cycling home from a late shift at a warehouse in Edmonton at around 1.45am on Monday when she was hit and killed by a small white car which failed to stop at the scene. Two arrests have been made.
At around 9am the same day, Karla Roman was knocked down by a coach on CS2 in Whitechapel and later died in hospital.
Campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists is to stage a protest and ‘die-in’ outside the Treasury on Horseguards Parade on Saturday.
Organiser Caspar Hughes said: “The same problems have been repeated for years and although the mayor has increased spending it’s still nowhere near enough. Three people have been killed in London have taken it up to twelve nationally this year. One fatality is too many.”
Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, said: “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have tragically lost their lives on London’s roads this week. Any death or serious injury on our roads is one too many, and our priority is to eradicate them.
"We’re investing in safer cycle lanes and junctions, working with London boroughs to introduce more 20mph limits, looking to remove the most dangerous Heavy Goods Vehicles from the Capital’s roads by 2020 and continuing our road safety education and enforcement programmes.”