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Town Hall request for urgent funding to probe Goswell Road death junction

Cyclist, 38, died after collision with a car in Finsbury – the sixth to die on London’s roads this year

13 July, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Ambulance staff and police at the scene of the accident at the junction of Goswell Road and Percival Street. Picture: Abdulmukith Ahmed

THE Town Hall’s transport chief is urgently investigating how to improve a busy Finsbury junction where a crash claimed the life of a cyclist.

A 38-year-old man, who has not been named, was taken to hospital on Friday after the collision with a car in Goswell Road just after midnight. He died on Wednesday.

He is the sixth cyclist to die on London streets this year.

Transport chief Councillor Claudia Webbe said: “I am writing to the Mayor of London to urgently request funding that will allow us to look at options for how best to improve this junction, making it safer for all road users – particularly more vulnerable users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motor­cyclists.”

She expressed her con­dolences to the cyclist’s family and added: “Tackling dangerous junctions and rebalancing roads in favour of pedestrians and cyclists is one of my top priorities.”

Officers on the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit want to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash or has video footage.

Emergency services held blankets up to shield the cyclist as they treated him on the ground at the box junction with Percival Street before he went to hospital.

While the circumstances surrounding the accident are not yet known, pictures from the scene show a grey car parked nearby with a dent and smashed window at the rear right-hand door.

A spokesman for London Cycling Campaign said: “Our thoughts are with the family and we will continue to campaign for reduced road danger in Islington and everywhere in London.

“We urge people who are witnesses to come forward to police.”

Eleven cyclists’ lives were claimed in London last year, said the group.

Ardian Zagani was killed in a collision with a lorry while cycling to work along Camden Road towards Holloway in August last year. Mr Zagani, a caretaker at a college in Tottenham, was described by colleagues as “bright, cheery and hardworking”.

The driver of the car in Friday’s collision stopped at the scene and was not arrested, the Metropolitan Police said.

Anyone with inform­ation should contact police on 0208 991 9555 and quote CAD 97/6Jul.

If you want to get in touch about this story, or share your experiences of the junction, email sbooth@islingtontribune.co.uk 

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