Sad start to Monday morning.

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Sad start to Monday morning.

Postby quiksilver » 3 Oct 2011, 12:34pm

A woman has just been hit by a car that has driven off just outside my workplace, sadly I think she didnt make it.

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Postby anothereye » 3 Oct 2011, 1:44pm

Very sad, please keep us updated. Where are you?
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Re: Sad start to Monday morning.

Postby quiksilver » 3 Oct 2011, 1:53pm

Kings Cross station in central London. Very sadly it is a fatality, I dont know who or how, she is covered currently with a police tent while photos and road measurements are being taken. It is eeriely silent outside.

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Postby [XAP]Bob » 3 Oct 2011, 2:00pm

pedestrian/cyclist/??
I presume that the car was at least seen by a decent number of people - and Kings Cross CCTV?
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Re: Sad start to Monday morning.

Postby quiksilver » 3 Oct 2011, 2:09pm

Cyclist, one would assume there will be plenty of CCTV.

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Postby eileithyia » 3 Oct 2011, 5:24pm

So sorry to hear of your sad start to the day, my job has been quite sad this weekend as a family lost their baby and today the mum was really distraught to hear of another baby, possibly up to 2 months old, found abandoned in a ditch.

Life is just so unfair sometimes.
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Postby anothereye » 4 Oct 2011, 7:19pm

I saw the Evening Standard today, it said that she was hit in the middle of the junction and the lorry driver had no idea until people yelled at him to stop (sorry, I didn't keep the paper so this is from memory).
The website doesn't cover the story in the same way:
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/ ... s-cross.do
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Re: Sad start to Monday morning.

Postby bigfoot » 4 Oct 2011, 10:52pm

On the train yesterday back to Liverpool with a passenger who came upon this accident. He was quite shaken by the experience. Apparently the bike was completely mangled. Horrible road Euston Road - I don't mind traffic on a bike, but usually flinch when I see the morning rush hour outside Euston.

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Postby quiksilver » 5 Oct 2011, 9:04am

Someone at the scene was saying that the victim was initially struck by a car and this dismounted her, the lorry then drove over her but hadn't previously seen her. The lorry driver was very shaken up and the ambulance services had him hooked up to some sort of monitor for quite a lengthy period of time.

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Postby anothereye » 5 Oct 2011, 3:52pm

A Korean fashion student has become the 13th cyclist to be killed in London this year, reports the Evening Standard, following yet another incident of a young female having her life taken away after being struck by a lorry.

Min Joo Lee, aged 24, was crushed under the wheels of the lorry in the incident which took place in the Kings Cross gyratory system close to the junction of York Way and Pentonville Road at approximately midday on Monday. The exact circumstances of the collision have not been reported.

http://road.cc/content/news/45682-femal ... ondon-year
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Re: Sad start to Monday morning.

Postby anothereye » 5 Oct 2011, 7:33pm

Cyclist dies in King’s Cross accident (yes, it's still called an accident. At least the police have learnt to say 'incident'!
She is the third cyclist in five years to die at the junction, which joins Euston Road, Pentonville Road and York Way
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http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/ ... _1_1080219
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Re: Sad start to Monday morning.

Postby anothereye » 5 Oct 2011, 7:43pm

here's the junction:
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Euston+ ... 1,,0,-0.74

Traffic is going from West to East from Euston Road to Pentonville Road and approx South to North on the A5200.
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Re: Sad start to Monday morning.

Postby Malaconotus » 5 Oct 2011, 7:49pm

anothereye wrote:here's the junction:
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Euston+ ... 1,,0,-0.74

Traffic is going from West to East from Euston Road to Pentonville Road and approx South to North on the A5200.


It's a horrible, horrible junction, and traffic races from red light to red light along Euston Road. On the two occasions I've had to cross it I have dismounted my Boris bike and walked across the pedestrian crossings. TfL need to act to make it safer.

It's very sad news and I offer my condolences to the friends and family of the lady concerned should they chance upon this thread.

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Postby anothereye » 5 Oct 2011, 8:25pm

& just think, this is the 3rd cyclist to die at this junction. How will the believed of the 2 previous feel? That their loved ones have died in vein?
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Re: Sad start to Monday morning.

Postby Chris the Sheep » 5 Oct 2011, 8:54pm

I was in London on Monday on business, first time I've been there on a weekday for several years.

Naively I expected that the boom in cycling went hand-in-hand with drivers who were more familiar with cyclists and therefore knew what to expect, and facilities that would put a provincial town to shame (I lived in London in the late 80s and cyclists were rare).

How wrong I was; a couple of 30-minute taxi rides showed plenty of driving that's far worse than anything I see back home, aggression, close passes, you name it. Coupled with cycling infrastructure which is no better than I'm used to but on much, much busier roads it comes as no surprise that these incidents keep happening.

How many cyclists does it take for the critical mass to threaten the dominance of the motor vehicle?

It really is heartbreaking to hear of these needless deaths and injuries; my sympathy to anyone affected by this and any other incidents, and my admiration to those who continue to cycle in London despite the conditions. Regardless of whose 'fault' this was, the roads are on a knife-edge and something that would be a minor incident where I live becomes a life-changing or life-ending event in London. So sad.