Extreme Violence: Goswell Road, another female cyclist crushed in cement mixer terroism

Another case of Cement Mixer Terrorism on London’s Roads, one after another.

Thanks to BillBuffalo and Carlton Reid for reporting it today
Confirmed: Fatality

Thanks to tricitybendix who managed to get the Reg Number. Turns out several accidents have happened in the area and there is apparently one ghost bike 100yards from this incident.

1200 hours. As yet no news reported on the Evening Standard (thisislondon.co.uk). The only current headlines are:

“Top cop quits over security blunder
Watchdog to question G20 policeman
Bank set to leave rates unchanged
Italy quake death toll reaches 275
‘Scandalous’ care of elderly, claim
Man facing 1983 girl murder charge
Victim ‘too bruised to be hugged’
Scam victims get their money back
Easter set to test travel network
Obesity spending rises for trusts”

No news on BBC nor Mayor of London.

1222 hours. No news on the London Met website either, just this:

“Statement re death of Ian Tomlinson 08 April 09
Met tackles drug dealing in Brent 08 April 09
Appeal re linked attempted rapes 07 April 09
‘Kid Cop’ project helps students learn about police”

1227 hours.. and no news on in the local paper, the Islington Gazette either. Presumably relatives are being informed.

1315 hours. Still no news on BBC London, Evening Standard and the Islington Gazette.

In 2007 LCC had a petition about Goswell Road:

“A big thank to everyone who signed the Goswell Road Island Petition either in person or via email. We had more than 500 signatures which were presented to Islington Council on the 29th of March 2007.

There is now a commitment from Transport for London to review the scheme and re-consult on the new proposals for the road scheme taking account of cyclist and pedestrian views.

Islington councillors have praised the contribution of the the Islington Cyclists Action Group, London Cycling Campaign and LCC in Hackney to the debate on Goswell Road.

It is not every day that TfL changes its mind in response to public pressure and your signatures on the petition as well as the work of ICAG, LCC and LCCiH, have played a real part in that.

We will keep updating this website with the latest on Goswell Road.

In addition to improving the Goswell Road crossing for cyclists and pedestrians we understand that TfL will also:

drop the right turn ban which would have diverted traffic via White Lion Street

retain the U turn possibility at the island, albeit with a pedestrian friendly ‘shared surface’ treatment

scrap the proposed loss of green space at Duncan Terrace (TfL has recognised that it had no right to propose this, as the land is borough land)”.

But clearly cyclists still have to cycle alongside cement mixers.

Update: 1717hours Finally the Islington Gazettle has some info on the incident:

“A CYCLIST died when she was crushed by a cement mixer today.

The rider – a woman in her 30s – suffered multiple injuries in the crash, which occurred at the junction of Goswell Road and Old Street, Finsbury, at about 9.20am.

She was pronounced dead at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel little more than an hour later.

Paramedics and firefighters had rushed to the scene in an attempt to save the woman, who was under the lorry’s back wheels, but her injuries were too severe.

A spokeswoman for Clerkenwell fire station said: “We were going to raise the lorry but there wasn’t time. So we cut the bike away from her and we were able to take her from under the lorry.”

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman added: “We sent one single responder, two ambulances and an air ambulance doctor in a car. A female patient was taken as a priority to the Royal London Hospital in a serious condition.”

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently in custody.

Anyone with information should call the Collision Investigation Unit at Euston Traffic Garage on 020 7321 9960.”

Finally some information despite this happening hours ago. Very pleased to hear that The London Hospital tried to help her. That hospital was founded by some of my relatives many years ago and I have a ‘soft spot for it’. I am glad they out there doing their bit. Glad that the driver will be arrested but will he go to jail?

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