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Lorry driver admits killing Boris Bike rider Claire Hitier-Abadie

Driver will be sentenced for causing deth by careless driving of French mother

A lorry driver has pleaded guilty to killing Claire Hitier-Abadie as she cycled on a Boris Bike near Victoria in London.

Alan Warwick, 61, of Rayleigh, Essex, admitted causing her death by careless driving at Southwark Crown Court this week.

Claire Hitier-Abadie, who was 36, was killed on February 19 last year while riding a Boris Bike when Warwick, whose vehicle was involved in Crossrail works near Victoria Station, struck her.

The French national moved to London in 2014 from Paris, with her husband and two children.

The collision in Bressenden Place was just a few metres from the spot where Katharine Giles, 35, was killed by a left-turning HGV in April 2013.

It was the second fatal Boris Bike collision in London. In July 2013 Philippine De Gerin-Ricard, 20, who was also French, died in Whitechapel.

Witnesses at the time reported seeing Ms Hitier-Abadie’s bicycle crushed beneath the truck's wheels.

A colleague of Mr Abadie wrote on Twitter at the time: "Absolutely devastated. My colleague's wife was killed while cycle commuting this morning, crushed by a lorry.

"The boss came over to tell us as we all work on an open floor. It's awful at work. Who does her husband hug and cry with?"

Warwick will be sentenced on April 18.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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