Inquest into Royal London Hospital nurse after cycle crash

Maria Karsa

Maria Karsa - Credit: Archant

The inquest has opened into the death of a nurse killed on her bike on her way to work at the Royal London Hospital.

Maria Karsa, 21, was in collision with a lorry just half-a-mile away.

Her bike was dragged under a tipper truck at St Botolph Street on the busy Aldgate one-way system.

She ended up on life-support at the hospital where she was due to go on duty.

Maria, who lived with her mother and sister in Newington Green in north London, died on September 22, seven days after the accident, when her life support was switched off. She suffered serious crush injuries.

The inquest opened at Mansion House in the City last Wednesday and was adjourned.

The collision happened only a few hundred yards from the spot where French student Philippine De Gerin-Ricard was killed on a Borisbike in July along the A11 Whitechapel High Street, outside Aldgate East Underground station.

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London Assembly’s John Biggs has been campaigning for better conditions for cyclists where they share road space with other traffic. He has asked TfL to bring forward their review of cycle road safety along the A11.

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