Police have arrested a lorry driver on suspicion of drug driving after a cyclist sustained critical injuries in central London yesterday morning.
The Metropolitan Police say that they were called by the London Ambulance Service at 9.50am to the scene of the collision at the junction of Seymour Street and Portman Square in Marylebone.
The cyclist, a 73-year-old man, was taken to a hospital in central London and was said last night to be in a critical condition.
The lorry driver, a 29-year-old male, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drug driving and dangerous driving.
He was interviewed at a police station in central London and subsequently released under investigation.
Detective Constable Alex Price from the Met's Serious Collision Investigation Unit commented: "This collision happened at a busy time of day in a heavily populated area.
“I am sure that a number of people will have witnessed the collision and I urge anyone who saw what happened but has not yet spoken with officers to come forward without delay."
Anyone who has information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157 or by calling 101 quoting reference 188/30 May.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.