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Police seek cyclist who may have vital information over death of another rider in east London

Officers say CCTV showed man riding close to Karla Roman, who was killed in February as she cycled in Whitechapel

The Metropolitan Police have launched an appeal to try and trace a male cyclist whom they believe may have vital information regarding a collision in east London that claimed the life of a 32-year-old rider earlier this year.

Karla Roman (pictured below) died in the Royal London Hospital from the injuries she sustained in a collision involving a coach on Whitechapel High Street, near the junction with White Church Lane, shortly before 9am on Monday 6 February.

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Officers said that CCTV footage showed a male cyclist riding close to Ms Roman along White Church Lane, with the man then carrying on over the junction and into Osborn Street.

While there was a witness appeal launched at the time of the fatal crash, the fresh one is specifically to try and find the male cyclist.

Detective Constable Ian Payne commented: “We are specifically appealing to the cyclist seen in the image to come forward as we believe he could potentially provide vital information for our ongoing enquiry.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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