Man named as 32-year-old Richard Gardner lost life following collision involving Ford Focus last Thursday

Police in Southampton have launched an appeal for witnesses after a cyclist lost his life following a collision involving a Ford Focus in the city last week.

The Daily Echo reports that the victim has been named locally as Richard Gardner, aged 32.

In a witness appeal published on its website, Hampshire Constabulary said that the fatal crash happened shortly after midnight on Friday 22 December on Brownhill Way.

The cyclist was taken to Southampton General Hospital but died from his injuries later that day.

The driver involved, a 26-year-old man from the New Forest, was arrested and has been released without charge, although he remains under investigation.

PC Lucy Hawkins said: “We know that this happened in the early hours of this morning, but if you were out and about in the area you may have seen something that could help our investigation.

“Did you see what happened or did you see either a male cyclist or a black Ford Focus travelling around that area of Southampton?”

Anyone who has information is requested to call police on 101, quoting 44170494844, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Earlier in the week, on Monday 18 December, another cyclist in Southampton was killed in a collision involving a lorry on Portsmouth Road.

That incident prompted Royston Smith, the Conservative MP for Southampton Itchen, to call for people on bikes to be required to use cycle lanes.

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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.