Key witness wanted for Croydon cyclist death

Croydon Guardian: Croydon road death cyclist named as train driver Croydon road death cyclist named as train driver

A cyclist killed in a crash on Mitcham Road has been named as train driver Neil Turner.

Police are appealing for a significant witness to come forward over the crash, which happened just after 5am on Tuesday July 10.

A man came forward to speak to another witness at the scene shortly after the collision between Mr Turner, who was from Sevenoaks, and a Peugeot 307, but left the scene before giving details to police.

London Ambulance and Air Ambulance service attended but Mr Turner was declared dead at the scene at 5.41am. A post mortem held the next day gave cause of death as serious head injury.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and no arrests have been made.

The incident is being investigated by the Road Death Investigation Unit based at Hampton. Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to the collision is asked to contact the witness appeal line on 020 020 8941 9011.

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1:16pm Fri 13 Jul 12

Austen - Croydon Cyclists says...

We don't yet know the exact circumstances of Mr Turner's tragic death, and our thoughts must be with his family at this sad time.

What we do know is that compared to other London boroughs, Croydon has chronically under-invested in cycling (we’ve lost out to the tune of £Ms), has seen a 90% drop in issuing speeding tickets in recent years, has an out-of-date Council Cycling Strategy and no targets to improve it and overall has done very little to make our town a safer, easier and more inviting place to cycle.

Earlier this year, over 40,000 people signed a petition calling for the Mayor of London to copy what the Dutch do so well - make riding a bike in London as easy as, well, riding a bike.

Cycling is in fact quite safe - but in Croydon it is definitely harder, scarier, more difficult and dangerous than it need be – and unnecessarily so.

We need to see a lot more effort and support from politicians, planners and developers to give Croydon people the freedom of choice to use a form of transport that is cheap, reliable, healthy, fast and pollution-free.
We don't yet know the exact circumstances of Mr Turner's tragic death, and our thoughts must be with his family at this sad time. What we do know is that compared to other London boroughs, Croydon has chronically under-invested in cycling (we’ve lost out to the tune of £Ms), has seen a 90% drop in issuing speeding tickets in recent years, has an out-of-date Council Cycling Strategy and no targets to improve it and overall has done very little to make our town a safer, easier and more inviting place to cycle. Earlier this year, over 40,000 people signed a petition calling for the Mayor of London to copy what the Dutch do so well - make riding a bike in London as easy as, well, riding a bike. Cycling is in fact quite safe - but in Croydon it is definitely harder, scarier, more difficult and dangerous than it need be – and unnecessarily so. We need to see a lot more effort and support from politicians, planners and developers to give Croydon people the freedom of choice to use a form of transport that is cheap, reliable, healthy, fast and pollution-free. Austen - Croydon Cyclists
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1:32pm Mon 16 Jul 12

DS - Croydon says...

My thoughts are with the friends and family of Mr Turner at this very sad time.

Having driven past the scene of the accident as the ambulance arrived, I was very upset. To then continue with my journey and see no less than 8 (yes EIGHT) cyclists not wearing helmets was quite concerning.

I would urge all cyclists (wherever they are) to wear adequate protective clothing.
My thoughts are with the friends and family of Mr Turner at this very sad time. Having driven past the scene of the accident as the ambulance arrived, I was very upset. To then continue with my journey and see no less than 8 (yes EIGHT) cyclists not wearing helmets was quite concerning. I would urge all cyclists (wherever they are) to wear adequate protective clothing. DS - Croydon
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