Gazette launches Hackney Safe Cycle following death of Daniel Cox

The Gazette has launched a campaign calling for safer cycling in the borough after a Hackney man died following a collision with a lorry at Dalston Junction last week.

Cyclist Daniel Cox was seriously injured when he was involved in a crash with a large Mercedes goods truck shortly before 4.45pm last Wednesday (February 2).

The 28-year-old of Lower Clapton Road was taken to the Royal London Hospital in a critical condition. But he died from his injuries at 3pm on Friday.

The lorry driver stopped at the scene. Police officers arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been bailed to return, pending further enquiries, on a date in July.

Emotional messages to Mr Cox, who was an art theorist and bartender at the Edinburgh Castle pub in Camden, have been left on a white ghost bike at the scene of the crash at the junction with Kingsland Road.

Tom Evans, 28, of Brooke Road, Stoke Newington, paid tribute to Mr Cox on behalf of his close friends, including Joe, Nicole and Pete.

He told the Gazette: “Being as heathen and godless as we are, without a concept of Heaven or Hell or everlasting life, I propose this: Live your life with reckless abandon, have expensive tastes that you can’t afford, work behind a bar for years to fund a Masters that is never going to make you any money, let girls bite your face, wear your door key on a length of string round your neck, and wherever you are, whatever you are doing, do it with as much enthusiasm, vigour and delight as Dan would have done and it’ll be a little bit less like he’s gone.”

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An inquest opened and was adjourned at Poplar Coroner’s Court on Tuesday (February 8).

Detective Constable Tony Millington, who is investigating the collision, has asked witnesses to get in contact by calling 020 8597 4874.

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