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2012-10-29 - Rider Down/Fatality, Bethnal Green Road (London)
 
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Old 29th October 2012   #1
markbikeslondon
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.
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Old 29th October 2012   #2
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Thanks for the post Mark, here's hoping that it's less serious than it sounds.
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Old 29th October 2012   #3
BlueQuinndonor
 
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Too close to home, this.
I hope the rider is ok

Those railings in the middle were put there one April for no good reason and, because parking is still allowed there, they are deleterious to rider safety.
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Old 29th October 2012   #4
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Just walked past this. The bike is still there.

Really hope the rider is OK.
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Old 29th October 2012   #5
fly
Live just round the corner. rode past east bound 5 minutes ago. Doesn't look good, hoping for the best.
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Old 29th October 2012   #6
markbikeslondon
Am surprised the road is still closed. Don't want to read too much into that, but keeping everything crossed for the rider.
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Old 29th October 2012   #7
fly
My housemate just came back from the shops and having asked a police man what happened, had some good news. Apparently the rider suffered serious injuries but is stable in hospital.
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Old 29th October 2012   #8
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Thats good to hear, looked a massive mess at 9am and I assumed the worse... that is a shitty part of road too where drivers try and squeeze past cyclists and parked cars, actually that whole road is pretty dangerous....
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Old 29th October 2012   #9
hellydonor
TfL have tweeted road is now clear FWIW.
Get well soon rider!
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Old 29th October 2012   #10
milktroll
I just saw a pic of the mess, so glad to hear it wasn't worse as the bike looks like it got rolled over. I live just off this road near the PO, it's full of obstacles.
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Old 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...
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Old 29th October 2012   #12
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This isn't really the place to discuss Railton Road but I do agree with you entirely with your synopsis.
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Old 30th October 2012   #13
markbikeslondon
Just giving this a very gentle bump to see if anyone has any concrete news of the rider? I don't know them, but living just round the corner from the collision site it's made me feel concerned.
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Old 30th October 2012   #14
Danny R
Hi all, I work with the guy involved and the last I heard was that he is not in good shape at all; he was in theatre all day yesterday and will be again today.

Hopefully I will return later with some good news. Until then, think positive thoughts and ride safely.
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Old 30th October 2012   #15
kboydonor
 
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Fingers crossed it'll end well, be strong fellow rider!
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Old 30th October 2012   #16
edscoble
 
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Do keep us inform Danny, thank for contributing.
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Old 30th October 2012   #17
chrisbmx116
 
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Fingers crossed he pulls through. It looked awful.
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Old 30th October 2012   #18
markbikeslondon
Wow, that sounds about as serious as it could be.

Thanks for the update Danny R, keep strong yourself and we'll all be thinking of your colleague and hoping for the best.
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Old 30th October 2012   #19
pharoahsandersdonor
 
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Thoughts and prayers with the rider. Stay strong.
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Old 30th October 2012   #20
Shooshdonor
 
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sending lots of positive thoughts for a successful outcome. Really hope he is okay.
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Old 30th October 2012   #21
Danny R
Ok, just received an update from the people at the hospital....

He's still in a bad way but he is stable and there appears to be no spinal damage.
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Old 30th October 2012   #22
Object
 
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Thanks for the information Danny.
If there's anything that we can do please ask.
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Old 30th October 2012   #23
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^+1.
Glad to hear some positive news.
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Old 31st October 2012   #24
bernard
I saw the wreckage when I opened the front door the other morning and really expected the worst. Glad to hear he is stable. I agree with the posters above regarding the dangerous layout with the traffic island narrowing the space there.
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Old 31st October 2012   #25
Oliver Schickdonor
 
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All best wishes to the rider. It sounds very serious.
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Old 31st October 2012   #26
mpanana
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 mariannaroumel@gmail.com. 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.
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Old 31st October 2012   #27
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Thinking of you and your friends and family, rider. Fight hard!
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Old 31st October 2012   #28
kboydonor
 
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Same here, stay strong!

And thanks mpanana for keeping us posted
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Old 31st October 2012   #29
rwndonor
 
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Best wishes to the rider and all family and friends.
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Old 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.
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... There were two cars parked opposite a central traffic island narrowing the single westbound lane. A skip lorry was in a line of slow moving traffic when the cyclist attempted to overtake on its nearside through the gap between the lorry and the parked car. As he neared the car door mirror he steers to avoid it and falls to his right, hitting the lorry before falling under it's rear wheels sustaining leg and pelvic injuries and internal bleeding. ...
I don't think this extract tells the whole story of what actually happened.
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Old 31st October 2012   #31
kboydonor
 
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Stating the obvious: this is not the thread for discussing safe / unsafe cycling.

(not in regards to the above, just trying to avoid what've happened before)
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Old 31st October 2012   #32
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Horrible news but glad to hear the small positives that the rider is alive and without spinal damage.

My thoughts are with the rider, his family and friends. Stay strong all.
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Old 1st November 2012   #33
mpanana
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.
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Old 1st November 2012   #34
markbikeslondon
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!
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Old 7th November 2012   #35
markbikeslondon
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?
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Old 7th November 2012   #36
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My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
I'll update the thread title now.
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Old 7th November 2012   #37
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terrible news, RIP
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Old 7th November 2012   #38
hmsdonor
 
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I have been thinking about this fellow cyclist often this week.

So saddened to hear this news.

Rest In Peace
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Old 7th November 2012   #39
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This is awful. Thoughts are with his nearest and dearest.
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Old 7th November 2012   #40
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Originally Posted by markbikeslondon View Post
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.
Google translation:
Quote:
'I am going now. I bid you all a very fond farewell. Goodbye. '
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After a week of struggle and Multilayer surgeries Sophocles left last night. A complication worsened the situation of the last 24 hours and the battle ended.

On Monday, his sisters and his cousin wanted to move the text you see below. On this day we all expect, including doctors, stabilize and improve the situation.

"Thank you all. Doctors and nurses in operating theaters and intensive doing our best. "All who live or pass us by visiting the hospital and all those who express an interest in every way. Your partner, your positive mood, faith, your wishes and your prayers, your support, give strength to Sophocles to us. "

In the coming days will be moved to Greece where he will announce more about his funeral.

The sadness is not described, not written, not transferred. Impossible to believe, unable to think of our lives without Sophocles. All these days the family and friends of aisiodoxousame to wake up to tell him what he has done, to read what they write friends and relatives all these days. I hope I left knowing how many and how much you loved him. I hope you left this quiet life.

Not written eulogy for buddy. Impossible.

See you my dear friend, when to talk.
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Old 7th November 2012   #41
hellydonor
So sorry.
So sad.
Rest in Peace.
My thoughts are with your loved ones.
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Old 7th November 2012   #42
mpanana
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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Old 7th November 2012   #43
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RIP fellow cyclist.
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Old 7th November 2012   #44
tricitybendix
So sorry to hear this. Thoughts are with you and all concerned.
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Old 7th November 2012   #45
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Rest in peace dear Sofoklis. My thoughts are with your friends and family.
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Old 7th November 2012   #46
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So sad, all our thoughts are with Sofoklis' family and friends, they have been through the worst week ever. We all share your grief.
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Old 7th November 2012   #47
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Thank you for taking the time to provide a translation Mpanana.
Our sincere condolences to you and Sofoklis' family. You shouldn't have to be going through this.
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Old 7th November 2012   #48
Andrewdonor
 
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Oh man, that is so sad.
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Old 7th November 2012   #49
hairnetnicdonor
 
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Rip, this is so sad.
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Old 7th November 2012   #50
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R.I.P

As always, not a pleasant thing turning the logo to black. Somehow worse after such a fight too.
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