Tuesday 6 December 2016

Two cyclists killed in separate road collisions

By Peter Woodman

Published 29/05/2015 | 19:50

Esther Hartsilver, 32, a cyclist who died in hospital on Thursday afternoon after being involved in an accident with a lorry in Denmark Hill in south east London earlier in the morning rush-hour. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Esther Hartsilver, 32, a cyclist who died in hospital on Thursday afternoon after being involved in an accident with a lorry in Denmark Hill in south east London earlier in the morning rush-hour. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Two women cyclists have been killed on the roads and a unicyclist was badly injured in an accident with a bus which saw scores of people helping lift the double-decker clear of the injured man.

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One of the women cyclists was named this evening as Esther Hartsilver, 32.

She died in hospital yesterday afternoon after being involved in an accident with a lorry in Denmark Hill in south east London earlier in the morning rush-hour.

Police said the male driver of the lorry stopped at the scene. No arrests have been made and inquiries continue.

Ms Hartsilver's death was the sixth cyclist fatality in London so far this year, with all the incidents involving lorries.

The other women who died yesterday was in a collision at Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, on the fringes of London.

The woman, in her 50s, was involved in an incident with a van, a car and a tanker at around 6.40am.

She was pronounced dead at the scene while the male driver of the van was taken to hospital.

Surrey Police, who are appealing for witnesses to come forward, said a man aged 34, from Walton-on-Thames, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.

He was later released on bail until June 26.

Meanwhile, a unicyclist is in a serious condition in hospital after an accident with a bus in east London yesterday in an incident in which scores of people rushed to lift the vehicle off the trapped man.

The accident happened in Walthamstow just before 6pm and involved the number 212 bus.

Cafe owner Sami Ullah told London's Evening Standard: "There were so many people gathered there. There must have been about 50 to 100.

"They somehow managed to pull the bus away a bit. We were amazed - it was a heavy bus, a double-decker. Police were here straight away and they took over."

Kyra Sam told the Standard: "I'm really amazed at the strength of Walthamstow - no-one hesitated to push the bus off. I was in shock."

She added: "Everyone really came together to help. It was really nice to see that in the face of something so awful."

Police said there have been no arrests.

The previous, fifth, fatal incident involving cyclists in London involved renowned designer Moira Gemmill, 55, who was overseeing renovations at Windsor Castle, and who was killed in an accident near Lambeth Bridge.

In February, French-born mother-of-two Claire Hitier-Abadie, 36, died in an accident with a Crossrail lorry as she rode a cycle-hire "Boris bike" through Victoria in central London.

Elsewhere a man and a woman are in a critical condition in hospital after they were hit by a bus in a busy city centre street.

The incident happened at about 2.35pm at the corner of Queen Street and Argyle Street in Glasgow.

The crash, in a busy shopping area, prompted a major response from the emergency services, with a number of fire trucks and a special operations team from the ambulance service involved.

Fire crews used airbags to release the two pedestrians from underneath the double-decker bus.

The two injured people, believed to be aged in their 70s, were taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where hospital staff describe their condition as critical.

The bus driver was uninjured but was left extremely shaken by the incident.

The collision happened just a few hundred metres from the scene of the bin lorry crash which claimed the lives of six people in December last year.

Police appealed for information about today's collision.

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