|29th October 2012||#1|
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2012-10-29 - Rider Down/Fatality, Bethnal Green Road (London)
There was a collision between an HGV and a cyclist on the Bethnal Green Road this morning around 7ish.
When I passed by about 7.50AM there were several police cars on the scene and the road had been closed to traffic going westbound. The incident happened on the stretch of road between Bethnal Green tube station and the Shakespeare pub. The road here is split in two by a central island, it looked to me like a cyclist had got caught between a parked Volvo car by an overtaking Bywaters Recycling lorry cab (which was unattached to a trailer).
The bike was still on the ground and all of the cyclist's possessions strewn all over the road when I got there, with Police taking photos and making reports. There was an ambulance with its lights on parked alongside, but no sign of the rider.
I live just off the road and always feel sketchy cycling through the pinch point there because traffic tries to push past even if you ride wide.
Really hoping that the rider is okay and everyone involved comes out unhurt. Any further info gratefully received.
|29th October 2012||#11|
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Here's hoping for the rider.
If it's anything like what they've done in Railton Road/ Brixton, this is one of my least favourite attempts at "traffic calming". There's now a series of build-outs that create pinch points, so even if you take primary to assert your position you end up playing chicken with oncoming traffic - and around here there's enough "I'm bigger than you so get the f**k out of my way" drivers it's a bit sketchy for cyclists...
|31st October 2012||#26|
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Dear All, I am one the rider's friends. A small update on his condition: He was supposed to undergo a third surgery this morning so as to stabilize his pelvis, however a complication in the femoral artery (earlier this morning) has paused the programmed surgery. We will have more news regarding the complication in about an hour from now. As Danny has already said the greatest damage appears in his pelvic area, left leg, bladder and bile and his condition remains critical. Anyone who could help us finding more on the conditions in which the accident occured, please contact me here or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also creating a blog so as to gather information but I ll tell you more later.Thank you all for the support you have shown. I will keep you updated on his condition.
|31st October 2012||#30|
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At the cyclist / lorry safety event this morning the police gave out a summary of recent serious crashes.
|1st November 2012||#33|
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Hi guys and thank you again for your concern and wishes. The rider's condition is still considered very critical. He is facing major damages in various parts of his body (liver, kidneys, pelvic area, legs etc). The doctors are doing their best to keep him alive and we are all hoping for the best.
|1st November 2012||#34|
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Stay strong mpanana and know that lots of people on here are holding your friend in their thoughts and wishing fervently for his recovery. Please do let us know if there's anything I can do to help - I live in the area so if you are looking for witnesses I'd be happy to help put up posters or talk to local shopkeepers or anything really. Just say the word!
|7th November 2012||#35|
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I'm so sorry and sad to bear this news.
According to this blog maintained by his friends, http://forsofo.wordpress.com/, the cyclist knocked from his bike by a lorry on the Bethnal Green Road on October 29th has died from his injuries.
From Greece, Sofoklis K moved to London to pursue a career in dance and theatre and performed as part of the London 2012 festival and with the English National Ballet. His family will repatriate him to Greece for the funeral.
He becomes the 12th cyclist to die on London's roads so far in 2012. May he rest in peace.
This happened next to my house, to say I'm sad, shaken and angry is an understatement. My heart and prayers go to his friends and to his family. Can someone help me change the name of the thread to reflect that he died, I don't know how to do it please?
|7th November 2012||#40|
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|7th November 2012||#42|
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Hi guys and thank you Mark for the udate. The original text in English (since google translate doesnt make sense)
'After a week of many long surgeries and fighting for his life, Sofoklis left us yesterday evening. A complication worsened his condition the last 24 hours and the fight was lost.
On Monday, his sisters and cousin wanted to upload the following post. This was the day we were all waiting for, including the doctors; for his condition to be stable and improved.
“We would like to thank you all. The doctors and nurses in the O.R. and the Intensive Care Unit that are giving their best effort. Everybody that has come by or is staying with us during the visiting hours and everybody who’s expressing their interest and care in any way possible. Your companion, your positive thinking, your faith, your wishes and prayers and your support give strength to Sofoklis and us.”
During the next few days he will be transfered to Greece and we will then announce more details about his funeral.
The grief we’re feeling cannot be described, written or transfered. We still can’t believe what happened. We still can’t think of our lives without Sofoklis in it. During these days we, his family and friends, were all optimistic that he would wake up so we could tell him what happened and show him the many messages of love and support written by his friends and relatives. I hope he left knowing by how many people and how much he was loved. I hope he left this life in serenity and peace.
You can’t write a eulogy for your best friend. I just can’t.
See you when I see you my beloved friend.'
Thank you all for your wishes and support this very difficult week. Ride safely.
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