Graduate killed in Farringdon bus tragedy secured ‘dream job’ day before

David Wood

David Wood - Credit: Archant

A recent City University graduate, who died after being trapped under a bus in Farringdon, had secured his “dream job” the day before the accident.

David Wood, 22, was fatally injured in the collision at Clerkenwell Road’s junction with Farringdon Road at around 1pm on Thursday last week.

The road was brought to a standstill as members of the public rushed to his aid, with workmen trying to jack up the double decker bus which had him trapped underneath its wheels. Mr Wood was taken to Royal London Hospital, but died of his injuries on Saturday.

Mr Wood, originally from Westmill in Hertfordshire, graduated from City University in Northampton Square, Finsbury, in June with a 2:1 degree in radiotherapy/radiography. The day before the accident, he was offered a radiographer job at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and was due to start imminently.

In a statement, his family said: “It was his dream job that he had wanted ever since he lost his Aunty Julie to leukaemia in 2010.

“We would like to thank everyone involved in rescuing him.

“Thanks to the public, especially the workmen trying to jack up the bus at the scene. Thanks to the emergency services. Thanks to all the teams at the hospital, and especially the families and friends who are supporting us through this tragedy.”

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Mr Wood, who lived in Kentish Town, had an organ donor card and the family added: “It had always been David’s wish to donate organs should the worst happen because his heart was repaired with donor tissue when he was 18. He had a heart defect caused by the genetic condition Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

“His two kidneys, liver and pancreas will change the life of four recipients. The family feel that while they have lost a son and brother, they have got four more members even if they might never know who they are.”

Richard Thorne, Mr Wood’s personal tutor and lecturer at City University London’s school of health sciences, paid tribute to the “popular” student.

He said: “David was a talented and selfless student who had a desire to make a positive difference to others around him. He was very popular and respected by his fellow students and the academic staff.

“His tragic and untimely death is a shock to all those that knew him and he will be sorely missed.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Police are investigating the incident. No arrests had been made on Wednesday.

A spokesman said: “Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene and discovered a male pedestrian suffering critical injuries following a collision with a Route 55 bus.

“The pedestrian, aged 22 years from the Hertfordshire area, was taken to an east London hospital where he died in the early hours of Saturday, August 22.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command on 020 8991 9555.

On Monday, which would have been Mr Wood’s 23rd birthday, the family is hosting an informal memorial event for relatives and friends to share stories.

A formal service will take place once the coroner releases his body.