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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Probe continues into horror crash in Bingley which claimed life of cyclist

Probe continues into horror crash in Bingley which claimed life of cyclist
Probe continues into horror crash in Bingley which claimed life of cyclist

Probe continues into horror crash in Bingley which claimed life of cyclist

A TOP-LEVEL investigation is continuing today into an horror accident which claimed the life of a cyclist when he was hit by a speeding car as its driver fled from police.
The 55-year-old Bingley man, who had not been named by police was pronounced dead at the scene after the high-speed collision in Cottingley Cliffe Road, Cottingley, Bingley, on Tuesday evening.
A joint investigation by West Yorkshire Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission is ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident.
The 22-year-old driver of the silver Vauxhall Vectra involved was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
He remained in police custody last night.
Cottingley Cliffe Road was closed all of yesterday as investigations continued at the scene by police and IPPC experts.
Police said the car driver had been requested to stop after “acting suspiciously,” but sped off and hit with the cyclist shortly afterwards.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman declined to explain the nature of the suspicious activity, or comment on suggestions that a car had sped off from police and hit a van, after an apparent drugs deal near to the Sun Inn in Bradford Old Road, Cottingley, at about the same time.
Witnesses spoke of the horror at seeing the aftermath of the incident and of the frequent problem of speeding drivers in the area.
Farmer John Ludbrook told how he saw the horrific crash site as he moved cows into a neighbouring field.
“It was terrible, I could see the silver car all covered with blood down one side of it,” Mr Ludbrook, of Cliffe Farm.
“I’d gone up to move some cows and a policewoman said I couldn’t put them into the field by the road because there’d been an accident.
“She said it was a major incident and I couldn’t go near the wall.
“It’s just madness on that road all the time and in my view there aren’t enough speed cameras.
“It needs to be a flat 30mph which should continue from Bingley Road right the way through and there should be bollards where the cross-hatched areas are to stop people using it as an overtaking lane coming up the hill.



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