We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of a University of Sheffield student, killed while cycling along Crookes Valley Road next to the junction with Oxford Street on the evening of Monday 19th October 2015. Our thoughts are with his family and friends; we cannot begin to understand your pain.
Press reports say that the young man was killed after being hit by a blue transit van, which failed to stop. South Yorkshire Police are appealing for people to contact them on 101 if they have any information that could help, quote incident 1255 of 19th October 2015.
The driver of the van has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, driving whilst unfit through drink and drugs and causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.
CycleSheffield Chair Matt Turner said “We are so sad to hear about this horrific incident. Crookes Valley Road is a signed cycle route between a big student area and the city centre yet is an unpleasant place to cycle. We need both a safer environment for cycling, and stiffer penalties for those who recklessly endanger other peoples lives.”
CycleSheffield is calling for protected space for cycling at junctions and on main roads and for harsher penalties for those who break the law.