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Lorry driver arrested on suspicion of causing the death of a cyclist by dangerous driving

Incident date: 
Thu, 6 Dec 2012

The cyclist, believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene on Commercial Road, in Stepney, in east London, shortly before 08:30 GMT.

A force spokesman said the lorry driver stopped at the scene and was in custody at an east London police station.

Transport for London said 14 cyclists had been killed on the capital’s roads this year.

The London Cycling Campaign said what it called the “large number” of cyclists and pedestrians killed in crashes with lorries had to be addressed.

The spokesman said: “Much more must be done to protect cyclists and pedestrians, which means making sure every lorry on London’s streets is driven by someone who’s had cyclist-awareness training (preferably on a bike, as well as in a classroom) and all lorries have the best safety equipment such as mirrors, cameras and sensors.”

***UPDATE (07/11/12)

The cyclist, Javed Sumbal, named locally as Jay, was employed as a sandwich courier by Darwin’s Deli in Barnardo Street, Stepney, less than a minute’s ride from the site of the crash in Commercial Road.

It is understood he was on his way to pick up his first round of deliveries when he was hit near the junction with Arbour Square at about 8.20pm.

The lorry was dutch-registered.

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