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Two women cyclists killed in London and Surrey

32 year old Esther Hartsilver, the cyclist who died following a road traffic collision with a lorry in Denmark Hill. Image: Met Police

32 year old Esther Hartsilver, the cyclist who died following a road traffic collision with a lorry in Denmark Hill.
Image: Met Police

Two women cyclists have been killed on the roads in London and Surrey in 24 hours.

One of the women cyclists has been named as 32 year old Esther Hartsilver.

She died in hospital yesterday afternoon after being involved in a collision with a lorry in Denmark Hill in south east London earlier in the morning rush-hour.

Police said the male driver of the lorry stopped at the scene.

No arrests have been made and inquiries continue.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, or the events leading up to the collision, to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Catford on 020 8285 1574.

Ms Hartsilver’s death was the sixth cyclist fatality in London so far this year, with all the incidents involving lorries.

She worked as a senior physiotherapist in the very hospital where she was taken to be treated for her injuries as the collision took place nearby.

A hospital spokesperson said:

We have lost a dear and respected colleague. The thoughts of everyone at King’s are with Esther’s family.



The other women who died yesterday was in a collision at Walton-on-Thames in Surrey.

The woman, in her 50s, was involved in an incident with a van, a car and a tanker at around 6.40am.

She was pronounced dead at the scene while the male driver of the van was taken to hospital.

Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

They said a 34 year old man from Walton-on-Thames has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.

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