Fri, September 20, 2013

Cyclist killed by bus full of Olympic reporters

Australian rower arrested after storefront damaged

By BOB MACKIN, Special to QMI Agency


A cyclist was killed after being hit by a bus full of reporters outside Olympic Park in London, England, Aug. 1, 2012. (INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/ AFP)

LONDON - A 28-year-old cyclist died in a collision with a bus carrying reporters covering the 2012 Olympics Wednesday night.

The man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead on the scene near Olympic Park at 8:14 p.m. after police and an air ambulance attended the scene.

A man in his mid-sixties, believed to be the driver, was arrested on-scene at 9:28 p.m. GMT and is under investigation for causing death by dangerous driving. He was in custody Thursday morning at an East London police station. Roads were closed around the scene for the investigation.

“It was a tragic event and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the cyclist,” said British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan. “A number of people have been campaigning actively for the use of helmets as a mandatory requirement and I can assure you that should that come before parliament. I will have full support for that campaign.”

LOCOG spokeswoman Jackie Brock-Doyle said there was no indication the man was involved in the Games as either a spectator or worker.

Meanwhile, Australian Olympic rower Josh Booth was in police custody after a storefront was damaged.