Police appealing for witnesses to Fatally Doored Cyclist
Tuesday 07 Feb 2012

Upper Elmers End Road Beckenham

Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash in which a cyclist died.

James Darby, 44, was cycling along Upper Elmers End Road in Beckenham when he was in collision with a stationary blue Fiat Panda.

The incident took place on Saturday January 7 at about 6.10pm.

The car was parked on Upper Elmers End Road and as the female driver was getting out of her car, Mr Darby collided with the driver's door.

He was taken to Kings College Hospital where he remained unconscious and in a serious condition until he died on January 22.

A post mortem gave the cause of death as head injuries.

No arrests have yet been made. Enquiries continue.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact the Collision Investigation Unit at Catford Traffic Garage on 020 8285 1574 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We Say - You wouldn't open your door onto a car, so check for cyclists and don't do it to them either. You put yourself at risk, as well as the cyclist who either has no time to avoid the door or is forced to sweve into the road to avoid it. A cyclist being doored currently makes up 6% of the accidents on our map that we have helped people claim for.

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