A coroner warned cyclists of the danger of ignoring red lights after finding this caused the death of a young woman at the notorious Bow roundabout.
Mary Hassell spoke out after hearing from police that Venera Minakhmetova “most likely” cycled through a red light prior to being killed instantly under the wheels of a HGV loaded with concrete.The family, clearly, don’t accept this:
However Ms Minakhmetova’s sister Dina, who attended court with her mother and aunt, told BBC London afterwards that she doubted she would have jumped the lights.
“She was always suspicious about this roundabout...When Venera went there it wasn’t safe,” she said.Nothing’s safe if you are going to ignore the road signals, is it?
HGV driver Mark Stoker said he had not seen any cyclists in the bike lane, or in the advance stop area 17 metres ahead, as he waited at traffic lights. GPS and tachograph data from his vehicle showed he was travelling at 13mph at the time of the collision.
He told the inquest: “I was three-quarters of the way round and then I just heard a metal noise and stopped straight away and realised what had happened.”Oh, those awful lorries! Good thing St Boris is going to ensure they all meet stringent new safety…
The vehicle was fitted with sensors to detect cyclists alongside, had an audible warning telling road users when it is turning left, and was fitted with warning stickers telling cyclists to stay back, he said.A lot of good that did.
But you can’t legislate for people who choose to take risks despite the warnings. Oh, and it probably helps not to be drunk too.