Delivery driver dies following Stratford crash
- Credit: William Ward
A takeaway delivery company has paid tribute to a driver who died following a crash at a “dangerous junction” in Stratford.
Emergency services were called to Rick Roberts Way at the junction with Stratford High Street following a collision between a car and a moped at about 9.20pm on Sunday.
Paramedics battled for more than an hour to save the moped driver’s life but the Deliveroo delivery worker was pronounced dead at about 10.40pm.
William Shu, co-founder and CEO of Deliveroo, said: “We can confirm that a Deliveroo driver died late last night in a road accident on his way home after finishing work.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss and have extended our deepest sympathies to his family, with whom our thoughts remain.”
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William Ward, 24, who lives close to where the crash happened, said: “All of a sudden I heard a lot of cars in the road beeping so I went to see what happened and I just saw a lot of people rushing over to the biker.
“At the time I didn’t realise it was a biker but I knew it was something bad because of the amount of people. I eventually saw the bike, it was just really sad.”
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In November 2013 Stratford High Street became part of Transport for London’s (TfL) Cycle Superhighway 2 and last year, the main road at the junction with Warton Road was labelled Britain’s most dangerous spot for cyclists with eight riders injured as well as two deaths recorded close by.
However, a number of amendments to make the junction safer for cyclists have since been introduced in March 2015. Following this no accidents involving cyclists have been reported to the council.
But Mr Ward explained that in the 13 months he has lived close to the junction he has witnessed “so many accidents”.
“It is just such a dangerous junction,” he added.
“There are currently a few road works barriers and the road markings are not clear, it is dangerous for anyone crossing there too. Something really needs to be done about the junction.”
A council spokeswoman said: “We are saddened to hear about this death, which is still under investigation by the police.”
She added: “We work with TfL to try to make our roads as safe as possible for all road users and continue to monitor any incidents at the junction.
“The council is currently considering new measures to slow down traffic approaching the junction from Warton Road, which would be implemented following consultation with residents.”
The victim’s relatives have yet to be informed of his death.
One man has been arrested in connection with the incident.