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saoirse50

Member since Dec 2008 • Last active Nov 2019
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  • in Rider Down
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    Once again, condolences to his family and friends. If anyone knows the family and thinks it’s appropriate to ask (appreciate it may not be) a lot of local people have asked Lewisham Cyclists about organising a ghost bike and/or memorial ride to express condolences. LC would organise a ghost bike but not without family’s agreement.

  • in Rider Down
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    We have not heard definitively how the collision occurred. But information from a local seems to indicate that both driver and rider were heading in same direction. But road so narrow, it seems lorry driver may have clipped rider. I don’t want to speculate further as it’s possible riders loved ones may see this. And speculation won’t help them at all.

  • in Rider Down
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    Not the time or place to discuss I know. First thoughts with and condolences to riders loved ones. Mindful of their awful loss. But local cyclists so so angry about this. Have wanted safe space on this road for long time. And day after a pedestrian injured on same road just other side of the town centre.

  • in Rider Down
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    The incident began at the junction of Rolt St and Childers St. Childers St is part of Quietway 1, fairly new then. Rolt St had just been made one way for motor traffic with a contraflow for cyclists. Drivers were ignoring the new one way, and, as far as we know, from local witnesses we have heard from, the driver who killed Antonio had tried to do just this, and Antonio had been attempting to explain to him what he was doing wrong. What exactly happened next is not exactly clear. But seems driver may well have been abusive, some reports say he got out of car, but that’s not absolutely clear, then got back, drove at Antonio. But again, not exactly clear. What is clear is that somehow driver ended up dragging Antonio along, possibly with his bike, into Childers St and then stopped, abandoned car and left the scene. Bystanders came to help, called ambulance etc.

  • in Rider Down
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    That’s a much fuller account than the Standard. Thanks.

  • in Rider Down
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    Rest in peace, Antonio. He was well known in the local community. I know he rode out with Southwark Cyclists sometimes. Eight years doesn’t seem like much given what the driver actually did! I’d at least like to know this person could never get behind the wheel of a car legally ever again. Doesn’t seem right he could be driving round our local streets again in just a few years time. Thinking of Antonio’s friends and family right now.

  • in Rider Down
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    That’s absolutely awful. A road with two schools on it, isn’t it? That road should be a school street and closed to through traffic. Too late for this lad and his poor family though, now, I know. Feel torn up for them. But could save lives in the future.

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