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Fresh witness appeal issued in connection with death of second cyclist at Bow roundabout

Victim named as police ask anyone who saw November 11 collision or prior events to come forward

The Metropolitan Police have launched a fresh witness appeal in connection with the death earlier this month at Bow roundabout of 34-year-old cyclist, Svitlana Tereschenko.

Ms Tereschenko, a Ukrainian national and resident of Bow, was killed after being struck by a white DAF tipper lorry at approximately 4.45pm on the evening of Friday 11 November.

Police have said that they believe the incident, which came less than three weeks after the death of another cyclist, Brian Dorling, at the same roundabout, both moved off from traffic lights, heading west.

Ms Tereschenko’s grandmother, as well as Mr Dorling’s family, were among those who gathered at Bow roundabout last Friday evening to hold a candlelit vigil in commemoration of their lives.

The 29-year-old driver of the tipper lorry involved in Ms Tereschenko’s death was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was released on police bail until December while enquiries continue. 

Last week, a post-mortem at Poplar Mortuary established the cause of her death as multiple injuries. An inquest was opened at Poplar Coroner’s Court last Wednesday and adjourned the same day.

The incident is being investigated by officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath, who have asked anyone who witnessed it, or the movements of the cyclist or the lorry prior to it, to contact them on 020 8597 4874.

The appeal coincides with Mayor of London Boris Johnson announcing that he has ordered a review into construction lorries operating in London, as well as confirming that Bow roundabout will be the first junction on a Barclays Cycle Superhighway to undergo a separate review to be conducted on behalf of Transport for London.

Simon joined 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.

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