Police not prosecuting driver involved in Bow roundabout cycle death, inquest hears

An inquest yesterday into the death of a 34-year-old cyclist at Bow roundabout heard that police have decided not to prosecute the lorry driver involved.

Svitlana Tereschenko, of Wellington Way in Bow, who was working as a deputy manager at the New Look clothes store in Stratford, died instantly when she was dragged under the wheels of a tipper truck last November.

Ms Tereschenko, originally from Ukraine, was on her way home from work when she tried to reach the start of one of Boris Johnson’s cycle superhighways.

Deputy coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe at Poplar’s Coroners Court, accepted the findings of a police investigation that Ms Tereschenko was likely to have been in the driver’s blackspot as they pulled away from taffic light. The court heard the driver had not broken the law by using a handsfree phone at the time of the accident.

Dr Radcliffe recorded a narrative verdict that Ms Tereschenko died as a result of “traumatic road death”.

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