Cyclists raise concerns over Camden Road death junction
CYCLISTS have raised concerns about a “dangerous” junction where a woman died after her bicycle collided with a lorry.
The 20-year-old student from Poland was pronounced dead at the scene after the collision at the junction of Camden Road and St Pancras Way, Camden Town, last Tuesday. (April 5)
The lorry driver, a 65-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by carless driving and bailed until June pending further enquiries.
Several people are concerned about their safety when cycling through the busy four-way junction near the heart of Camden Town.
Simon Stephens, 18, said: “This road is dangerous. There was something wrong with the traffic lights for a while. I don’t like coming through here. You always get beeped by cars.”
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Andrew Kourtellis, 26, said: “This road and London in general is dangerous for cycling. Car drivers don’t respect you and intimidate cyclists. London is not designed for cyclists. You have to be very careful.”
Police say the blue coloured articulated lorry was turning left into St Pancras Way when it collided with the cyclist on its passenger side.
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A flower bouquet has been left near the accident scene in memory of the cyclist.
Rachel James, who works in nearby Rochester Place, said: “I think it was a really sad incident that shocked everyone in the office. It was horrible.”
Ian Small, an electrician at Buchanan Motors, which overlooks the crash scene, said: “I called the police and the ambulance. I saw the lorry had stopped in the road and when I went over noticed the girl was underneath the vehicle. My first thought wasthat I would hate to be her parents and to get this news. You could hear screams of distress from car drivers who were going past. I am not a medical expert but I believe she died instantly.”
A post examination is due to be opened and adjourned at St Pancras Coroners Court on Tuesday. (April 12).
The road death investigation unit at Alperton Traffic Garage is carrying out enquiries into the circumstances of the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8998 9319.