27 April 2015
Family Calls for More Protection for Cyclists
The family of charity worker crushed to death by a tipper truck while riding his bicycle have called for more protection for cyclists.
Richard Muzira, 61, was dragged under the wheels of the truck which was turning left onto Albany Road in Camberwell.
An air ambulance raced to the scene and attempted to save the stricken father-of-four but he died on the way to hospital on November 13th, 2013. He was the sixth cyclist killed in London within a two week period.
Following an inquest held at the Inner South London Coroner’s Court, his family has called for more to be done to make the capital’s roads safer for cyclists.
His ex-wife Jane Henderson, 57, said: “Richard was a beloved father and a friend to many in the community through his voluntary work. He believed passionately that people should be able to contribute something to their community.
“The knowledge that people together could make the world a better place was enough for him. We are all devastated by his loss when he still had so much to give.
“Richard was a safe cyclist, he did not ride at excessive speeds and always respected other road users and the dangers around him.
“Despite this he has become another cyclist killed in an area of London that has a history of collisions and fatalities. And while TfL has invested in projects and countermeasure aimed at reducing lorry danger, more needs to be done, as seen by the continuing loss of life.
“Cyclists are terribly vulnerable on the roads and more needs to be done to protect them. This includes at the junction where Richard was killed where other cyclists have been injured.”
Mr Muzira’s family has now instructed law firm Slater and Gordon to investigate a potential civil action against the driver of the lorry.
Paul Kitson, specialist cycling injury lawyer at Slater and Gordon, representing the family, said: “Sadly we continue to be involved in a significant number of cases were cyclists have suffered serious injury or loss of life on the roads.
“One of the themes we see is the high number of fatalities in which a heavy goods vehicle is involved. It is clear we need to educate road users and build appropriate infrastructure to protect pedestrians, cyclists and motorists from further fatalities.”
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