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Tributes to 'popular and kind' GP who died in bike crash in Archway Road

PUBLISHED: 13:14 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:21 13 August 2013

Dr Clive Richards died when his bike was in a collision with a lorry in Archway Road. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Dr Clive Richards died when his bike was in a collision with a lorry in Archway Road. Picture: Nigel Sutton

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Tributes have been paid to an "extremely popular and kind" doctor who died following a bike crash in Archway Road, Highgate.

Police with a bicycle near the spot on Archway Road where Dr Clive Richards died. Picture: Polly HancockPolice with a bicycle near the spot on Archway Road where Dr Clive Richards died. Picture: Polly Hancock

Dr Clive Richards, 67, of Friars Avenue, Whetstone, was cycling along the road during rush hour when his bicycle was in collision with a lorry.

Despite the best efforts of a passer-by and paramedics to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dr Richards worked as a GP at Hornsey Rise Health Centre in Archway. Following news of his death, colleagues paid tribute to a “thoroughly likeable” doctor.

Practice manager at Hornsey Rise Health Centre, Ian Huckle said: “Dr Richards was an extremely popular doctor, both with his colleagues and his many patients.

A book of condolence has been set up in Hornsey Rise Health Centre in Archway, where Dr Clive Richards had worked as a GP for the last seven years. Picture: Nigel SuttonA book of condolence has been set up in Hornsey Rise Health Centre in Archway, where Dr Clive Richards had worked as a GP for the last seven years. Picture: Nigel Sutton

“He was a kind gentleman and he certainly will be sadly missed.

“He was very well liked in the community and among his peers.”

Dr Richards had always worked in the NHS and had joined the practice seven years ago.

Staff were told of his tragic death by a family member and Dr Richards said the reaction was one of “numbness”.

The crash happened in Archway Road, near the junction with Langdon Park Road, at 9.40am on August 5.

Eye-witnesses at the scene described how Dr Richards lay in the road bleeding while a member of the public gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before medics arrived.

A post-mortem examination carried out last week showed he died from multiple injuries.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned at Barnet Coroner’s Court last week.

A book of condolence has been set-up in the waiting room of the Hornsey Rise Health Centre for staff and patients to write messages.

Flowers and photos of Dr Richards have been placed alongside it.

“He was cheerful and with a smile for everyone,” said Mr Huckle. “Nothing was too much trouble for him. He was a thoroughly likeable chap.”

Police have issued an appeal for witnesses while investigations continue.

The driver of the lorry involved stopped at the scene. No arrests have been made.

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