Death of cyclist who collided with an Olympics bus in Hackney Wick was “inevitable”

Daniel (Dan) Harris

Daniel (Dan) Harris - Credit: Dan Harris' website http://www.g

A cyclist was killed in an “inevitable” collision as he attempted to overtake an Olympics bus, an inquest heard.

Daniel Harris was trying to squeeze past the bus on August 1 last year but there was no room, according to a witness statement read out at Poplar Coroner’s Court.

Mr Harris, 28, a social media strategist who worked in Scrutton Street, Shoreditch, collided with the media shuttle bus at the junction of Ruckholt Road (A106) and the East Cross Route (A12) in Hackney Wick.

The statement, from an Italian journalist on board the bus, read: “I saw a man coming from the corner. He was clearly trying to overtake the bus.

“There was no space between the pavement and the bus. The collision was inevitable.”

Mr Harris’s father David spoke to describe the cyclist as “a perfect son” who “enjoyed life”.

He added that Daniel was planning to get married to girlfriend Cecilia Dominici, who was present at the inquest.

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The court also heard how Mr Harris, from Ilford, would have died “instantaneously”, as the cause of death was given as a combination of traumatic injuries.

Bus driver Derek Buckland told the inquest how he had been ferrying journalists from the Olympic media centre to the Excel Centre.

At around 7:30pm, he pulled up at traffic lights on Ruckholt Road and was making a left-hand turn onto the A12 dual carriageway. “It’s such a tight turn so I positioned off the kerb”, he said.

“I wanted to turn left. I moved out on the right to allow myself to make the turn.

“When the lights changed I did a slow turn. I heard a noise as I was turning and somebody told me to stop the bus.”

Pc Darren Case, of the Metropolitan Police’s road death investigation unit, said it was clear from CCTV footage that “Mr Buckland did everything he could have done in his power to follow signs”.

He added that it appeared that Mr Harris was not visible when Mr Buckland had checked his mirrors.

The coroner, Dr Richard Brittain, returned a verdict of accidental death.