Over 200 people took part in a ‘die-in’ protest over the death of cyclist Stephanie Turner.
Cycling enthusiasts from all over London came to the junction of Amhurst Park and Bethune Road to lie down in memory of physiotherapist Stephanie Turner, 29, who died under the wheels of a lorry on her way to work in Hackney on Tuesday, 20 January.
Donnachadh McCarthy, founder of the Stop Killing Cyclists campaign group that organised the vigil, told East London lines: “It is important for everybody in London to be able to cycle freely and without any danger. Money should be invested in protected cycle lanes to prevent fatal cases. London roads should be safe.
“Many people came to support our campaign. Among them Stephanie’s friends and colleagues from work as well as local councillors”.
Nick Kocharhook, one of the cyclists who took part in the protest has said: “I cycle to work most days. I attended the protest to remember Stephanie and because I can see a future where everyone chooses to cycle because it’s healthy, comfortable and convenient. Transport for London can make it happen”.
Stephanie Turner died after a collision that occurred at the corner of Bethune Road and Amhurst Park in Stamford Hill. She was pronounced dead at the scene not longer after the accident.
Stephanie’s family has released a statement saying that her death had left them ‘devastated’.
Stephanie’s friend, Natasha Darbar-Woodland, wrote on an open facebook page: “An amazing soul this world has lost but she will remain in the hearts of so many friends, family and all those that she has touched. We are all grieving our huge loss”.