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Lorry driver charged in connection with death of London cyclist last year

Charlotte Landi died following collision as she rode on Cycle Superhighway past Chelsea Bridge last September

A 43-year-old lorry driver has been charged with causing death by careless driving in connection with a collision involving a lorry and cyclist Charlotte Landi in London last year.

Mrs Landi, aged 36 and a teacher at the Hampshire School in Chelsea, died in hospital on 27 September 2017 as a result of injuries sustained in the collision, which happened at the junction of Grosvenor Road and Chelsea Bridge.

The Metropolitan Police Service confirmed today that Jason Edmunds from North Crockerford, Basildon had been charged with causing death by careless driving.

Edmunds, who had been arrested at the scene on the day of the collision on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and subsequently released under investigation, is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 19 October.

The fatal crash happened on the route of Cycle Superhighway 8, one of the first generation of such routes with a blue painted surface and no physical segregation to protect cyclists at that point.

Following Mrs Landi’s death, the campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists held a vigil and die-in in her memory outside Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall.

The group’s co-founder, Donnachadh McCarthy, said at the time: “She was a beautiful young woman just trying to go to work at her school.

“This junction needs to be protected but it’s being opposed at the consultation level in the boroughs,” he added.

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea has opposed plans for segregated cycling infrastructure elsewhere within its boundaries.

The proposed segregated Cycle Superhighway 9 route from Brentford to Kensington Olympia will end at the borough’s western boundary rather than continuing for 2 kilometres eastwards along Kensington High Street.

That would have provided a link to the existing east west Cycle Superhighway 3, which runs along the southern side of Hyde Park before swinging north towards Bayswater Road close to the Royal Albert Hall

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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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