Tributes paid online to Barkingside cyclist killed in coach collision

Tributes have poured in online for a 28-year-old Barkingside cyclist who was killed last night following a collision with a coach.

Friends and colleagues have paid their respects to Daniel Harris, of Waterloo Road, who died after colliding with a double decker Olympic Games bus near the Olympic Park.

Paul Lewis tweeted: “An amazing friend & colleague.

“To say you’ll be missed is an understatement.

“Wherever u are, I know you’re still smiling.”

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And Sharon O’Dea wrote: “Just heard my friend @gecko84 was the cyclist killed last night.

“I’m in shock. RIP, Dan.”

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Mr Harris was pronounced dead at the scene in Ruckholt Road, at the junction with East Cross Route, in Hackney Wick at 8.14pm.

A post-mortem is due to take place tomorrow and an inquest opened and adjourned at Poplar Coroner’s Court today.

A 65-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was taken to an east London police station.

He has been bailed pending further inquiries to a date in late August.

Mr Harris attended Ilford County High School in Fremantle Road, Barkingside, before going to University of Plymouth to study ocean science.

He was working for a printing company in Shoreditch and is believed to have previously worked for a web team at Redbridge Council.

On his website, he said he enjoyed cycling, rock climbing, kayaking and running.

He had recently used his Twitter account to update followers on bike rides he had completed.

Wesley Hawes tweeted “fellow Essex boy and one of nicest, funniest guys I’ve ever met” and Pablo Marques said “a great man and fellow video game lover with whom I had some great fun with”.

A statement by British Cycling said: “Last night’s incident in which a cyclist was killed near the Olympic Park is a tragedy.

“Our sympathies are with his family and friends.”

The collision is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police’s Road Death Investigation Unit.

Anyone with information on the accident should call 020 8597 4874, or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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