Saturday, 26 January 2008

Another London cyclist is killed by a lorry driver

The Home Secretary says the streets are unsafe. She was referring to mugging. In reality the major danger on the streets for the ordinary person comes from society’s biggest and most violent group of criminals – drivers.

In response to criticism, Gordon Brown mouthed some platitudes: "I want everybody in Britain to be safe and feel safe on our streets. There are more police than ever in our country and we will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our citizens."

Well, if the Prime Minister wanted to do everything in his power to ensure the safety of Britain’s citizens he could make traffic law enforcement a top priority, instead of a fringe activity by the police.

And now yet another London cyclist has been killed by a lorry driver:

A lorry driver has been arrested after his vehicle hit and killed a cyclist on a busy London road. Paul Hendrich, 36, died at the scene after the smash, on Battersea Park Road, close to Battersea Dogs Home, in south west London. A team of paramedics and air ambulance doctors fought to save Mr Hendrich, but he was pronounced dead shortly after the crash, at around midday, on Wednesday last week. The victim was just a few minutes from his home, but it is not yet known where he was travelling to. The cause of death was given as multiple injuries. The driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, but was released on police bail until later next month.

Paul Hendrich's friends are in a state of shock.