London Evening Standard)
- ROSS LYDALL
- Tuesday 10 July 2018 11:47
Tuesday 10 July 2018 11:47
A coroner has issued a catalogue of concerns about “inadequate” protection for cyclists at a junction where a woman rider was killed in a collision with an HGV.
Lucia Ciccioli, 32, was run over by a 45ft articulated lorry in Lavender Hill, Clapham, on October 24, 2016.
Coroner Russell Caller has written to Transport for London and Wandsworth council warning that further deaths may occur unless safety is improved.
He said the road layout “places cyclists in a vulnerable position” and said Ms Ciccioli may have been thrown into the lorry’s path after hitting a pothole.
Ms Ciccioli, an Italian working as a waitress in London, died from multiple injuries after being hit just before 8am as she cycled to a new job.
The lorry driver did not realise he had hit her and was stopped by a motorist cutting in front of him 200m further on. At the time of the collision, he had been on a hands-free phone call.
The inquest in January was told that both had been heading west on Lavender Hill, towards Clapham Junction station. They stopped at traffic lights at the junction with Elspeth Road and Latchmere Road. Ms Ciccioli was in the left-hand of three lanes, which is for left-turning traffic. The lorry was in the middle lane, which is for traffic heading straight across the junction.