"The cyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision," is how Met police end press release on cyclist killed by bus

Cyclist killed by bus ”not wearing a helmet”, says Met police. Huh?

A press statement issued by the Metropolitan police has linked the fatal crushing of a cyclist by a bus with the non-wearing of a bicycle helmet.

Bicycle helmets are designed for low-speed impacts from 1 metre and are not designed to offer protection against being hit by a motor vehicle. Met police press releases about stabbings do not state that victims were not wearing anti-stab vests.

Here’s the Met press release in full:


Police investigating the death of a cyclist in Whitechapel have now identified the deceased.

Officers were called to Whitechapel Road, with the junction of Commercial Road, at approximately 23:30hrs on Wednesday, 13 November, to reports of a collision between a male cyclist and a route 205 double decker bus.

London Ambulance Service was called to the scene and treated the cyclist who was subsequently taken to an east London hospital but pronounced dead at approximately 04:00hrs.

Detectives were initially unable to identify the deceased but have since done so and next of kin have been informed.

Formal identification has taken place, however, we will not be naming the victim ahead of the opening of the inquest at Poplar Coroner’s Court – date TBC.

The man was 21 years old and from NW8.

The male driver of bus was treated at the scene for shock.

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Officers from the Met’s Road Death Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath investigate.

Anyone with any information or witnesses to the collision are asked to call officers on 020 8597 4874. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The cyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

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