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Man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while under the influence of drugs after death of cyclist

The victim, who was in his 60s, is the second cyclist to be killed on the stretch of road near Sapcote, Leicestershire in 20 months

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while under the influence of drugs after a cyclist in his 60s was killed in Leicestershire. 

The incident took place around 10am on Sunday on the Coventry Road in Sapcote, close to the Sharnford Road junction. An Audi Q5 vehicle ended up on its side in a ditch following the collision, according to Leicestershire Live

The cyclist was taken to hospital in Coventry after the crash, but died from his injuries later that afternoon.

The man arrested has since been released under investigation.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hawkins, from Leicestershire Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, has appealed to motorists who may have dashcam footage of the incident or anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed either the cyclist or driver beforehand to come forward.

This is the second time in less than two years that a cyclist has been killed after being involved in a collision in this area.

In May 2020 a 17-year-old boy died after he was hit by the driver of a Mini Cooper while riding his bike on the Leicester Road near the junction with the Coventry Road, roughly half a mile from where Sunday’s incident took place.

Anyone with information about Sunday’s incident can pass on information by calling 101 or by visiting Leicestershire Police’s website

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Ryan joined as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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