Aspiring artist killed in Hackney accident

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Tributes have been left for a young artist who was killed by a collision with a lorry whilst cycling through Hackney last Wednesday.

Daniel Cox, 28, was taken to the Royal London Hospital after sustaining serious injuries from the accident, but died two days later.

An unnamed 51 year-old lorry driver was arrested when he stopped at the scene. He has been released on bail, but police investigations continue.

Mr Cox, a Goldsmiths college graduate, worked at the Payne Shurvell gallery in Shoreditch. He had recently curated the ‘Welcome to Paradise’ exhibition featuring work of the artist Anka Dabrowska,

James Payne, the owner of the gallery, said: “He was very bright and within two months of starting I decided to let him curate a show. He did an amazing job – it was really spectacular.

“I think his career was going to change. He met so many artists through our gallery and everyone said he was a great young man. He was very outgoing and intelligent, particularly with art theory and practice.”

A white ‘ghost bike’ has been left for Mr Cox on the footpath close to the area where he was knocked down, and family, friends and members of the public have been paying tribute to his life all week.

Mr Cox’s death is just one in the increasing number of cycle accidents in Hackney, and has lead to the borough-wide “Hackney Cycle Safe Campaign”, launched by the Hackney Gazette.

Following the accident, the London Cycling Campaign has renewed its appeal for all cyclists to sign the “No More Lethal Lorries Petition”.

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