Bradley wiggins calls for road safety overhaul after cyclist dies

Bradley Wiggins calls for road safety overhaul as eyewitness to cyclist death tells of tragic moment they comforted 28-year-old killed by official Olympic bus

  • 28-year-old man killed in collision with coach close to Olympic Velodrome, named this afternoon as Dan Harris from Ilford
  • Bus driver, 65, bailed after being arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving
  • Post-mortem examination due to take place on Friday
  • Olympic gold medallist Wiggins wants helmets to be made compulsory
  • More than 60 cyclists killed on UK roads this year alone

By Louise Eccles and Mario Ledwith

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Tragic: Cyclist Dan Harris, 28, died after being hit by an official London 2012 media bus in Hackney last night

An eyewitness to the collision which saw a cyclist die after being hit by an Olympic bus has told of the heart-wrenching moment they comforted the victim seconds before he passed away.

Dan Harris, 28, died in a fatal collision with an official London 2012 media bus last night, just hours after Britain's Bradley Wiggins had won a gold medal in the time trials.

Wiggins went on to call for an overhaul of road safety laws hours after his win, while a 65-year-old bus driver has since been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Today an emotional account emerged from a fellow cyclist who was riding alongside Mr Harris, seconds before he was dragged under the bus in Hackney, close to the Olympic Park Velodrome.

The eyewitness, who has not revealed their name, posted a message on the Reddit community blog detailing the tragic moment they saw the accident.

The post read: 'The lights changed as he was in the buses blind spot and as he was attempting to go straight the bus turned left. He didn't really have anywhere to go and no time to do anything anyway.'

The message continues: 'As soon as the bus was definitely stopped i crawled under to him from the other side and i was immediately aware that i didn't think he'd make it.'

The poster then describes how they crawled up to the collision victim and comforted him, adding: 'I asked him his name and told him he was going to be alright. He didn't say anything because i don't think he could, but he looked straight at me.

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Probe: The bus driver, in his sixties, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a 28-year-old cyclist died in this fatal collision

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'Make helmets compulsory': Bradley Wiggins calls for an overhaul of road safety laws after a cyclist was killed by an Olympics coach close to the Velodrome just hours after he won gold in the time trials yesterday

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Shocking: The accident occurred outside the Olympic Park, in Hackney, close to the Games' Velodrome, hockey pitch and Paralympics' tennis arena, as foreign journalists were being transported to another venue

OUR DANGEROUS ROADS: MORE THAN 60 CYCLISTS LOSE LIVES IN UK THIS YEAR

The death toll for cyclists killed in the UK is at least 60 after the death of the 28-year-old man last night.

11 of these occured last month. Among them was Kyle Coen, 14, who was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Kent on Monday when he was cycling to meet his girlfriend.

Another teenager was killed last week. Kadian Harding, 14, was hit by a Mercedes Sprinter van when on a family bike ride in Marlborough.

Kadian was pronounced dead at the scene after failed attempts from paramedics and his family to rescue him.

An inquest was opened on Friday into the teenager's death. No arrest was made of the 32-year-old driver, who suffered from severe shock.

Last year 16 cyclists lost their lives in London, and - including the man who was killed yesterday - ten have died on the capital's roads this year.

Daniel Cox was hit by a lorry in Dalston, and died at the Royal London Hospital.

'I did my best to look him straight in the eyes and tell him he was going to be ok. He was so afraid. Maybe half a minute later i could tell he'd passed.'

The 65-year-old bus driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was last night in custody at an east London police station before being released on bail.

The accident occurred outside the Olympic Park, in Hackney, close to the Games’ Velodrome, hockey pitch and Paralympics’ tennis arena, as foreign journalists were being transported to another venue.

Police officers and an air ambulance crew tried to save the cyclist but he died at the scene 30 minutes later.

Wiggins was preparing to speak at a press conference at the Olympic Park when the accident occurred.

When asked about the crash, he said the Government should be ‘legalising helmets to make them the law to wear’ admitting he had been knocked off his bike on London’s ‘dangerous’ streets.

He added: ‘Ultimately, if you get knocked off and you don’t have a helmet on, then you can’t argue. You can get killed if you don’t have a helmet on.’

Tributes flooded in for the 'lovely guy' Mr Harris who was killed in a collision with the coach on his bike last night.

Today Poplar Coroners Court confirmed that the dead man was Mr Harris, from Ilford.

Friends and colleagues took to Twitter to pay their respects to the tragic cyclist, who called himself a 'social media strategist, community manager, web editor and marketing drone by trade' on his blog.

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Damaged: The man's bike lies mangled next to the Olympic bus which hi collided with

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Tragedy: An officer stands watch near the scene of the crash, which happened as Wiggins was preparing to speak at a press conference at the Olympic Park

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Safety call: Wiggins said the Government should be 'legalising helmets to make them the law to wear' as he he admitted he had been knocked off his bike on London¿s 'dangerous' streets

@MyNameIsFrazer wrote: 'Rip £danharris a truely lovely guy that was a real mate, words cant describe how much ull be missed dude.'

@brandBcorp said: 'Dan Harris, you lived life how it should be lived and will be missed x.'

'Devastated' @wezmiester wrote on the site: 'RIP @gecko84. Fellow Essex boy and one of nicest, funniest guys I’ve ever met. #Devastated'.

Mr Harris said on his blog: 'I like to go rock climbing, kayaking, running and cycling, with a bit of football (soccer) thrown in from time to time.

'I keep an eye on Arsenal FC, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Celtics, Leyton Orient, Plymouth Argyle

'I love my camera, my PS3, cooking food, fiddling with Photoshop and going to as many gigs as my wallet allows - my music taste is dubious at best, you have been warned.'

He was hit fatally injured in the collision just before 19.45pm at the junction of Ruckholt Road and East Cross Road.

Paramedics and an air ambulance attended as well as police, but was pronounced dead at the scene about half an hour later.

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Rescuers and police stand at the scene after Dan Harris was killed after colliding with the bus

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There was a heavy police presence after the accident

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Winner: Wiggins took gold yesterday in the cycling time trial event, becoming Great Britain's most successful ever Olympian

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