Cyclist killed at Lauriston Road roundabout is named

Shiv Lizzy promo photo

The cyclist killed while cycling to work on Wednesay morning, 10th March has been named as 28-year-old Shivon Watson of Campbell Road, Bow.

She was crushed between the railings and a tipper truck as she and the tipper truck navigated a left turn, at the roundabout on Lauriston Road and Victoria Park Road, in Hackney. Paramedics fought for an hour to save her life, but she was pronounced dead.

Ms Watson’s family say she was a successful musician and clothes designer. Also known by her stage name, Shiv Lizzy, she had been short listed for the Gaymers Emerging Talent Award, with the chance to perform at this year’s Camden Crawl festival.

Her mother Annette Darch, 50, said: “She was just a beautiful girl. She had such a huge personality and heart. She was so well loved and so talented. Singing was her life.

Shivon and boyfriend Gus Parelli

“She was such a creative person — she designed her own clothes, travelled the world — she was so full of life. It is devastating.”

Ms Darch said the whole family — including her father Maxwell, 53, sisters Lois, Tyra and Amber and brothers Paul and Darius shared their shock and grief.

According to her Myspace page, she had several shows lined up for March including one scheduled for The Cavendish Arms in SE London, for the day after she was killed and two others for the 19th and 24th

Shivon had moved from Bristol to Bow last August to live with her boyfriend, 29-year-old studio engineer Gus Pirelli. She worked for a youth charity – Fairbridge, in Hackney, a non-profit group that helps disadvantaged inner city young people, where she had been an administrator since last August.

Her colleagues paid tribute to her saying: “Everyone at Fairbridge is in shock. We can’t believe Shivy is gone and the world has lost such a fantastic person who will be so deeply missed.

“We’ll never forget her smile, her wacky dress sense, and her brilliant organisation, without which we wouldn’t have coped.

“Everyone who worked with her is glad to have known such a bright, whacky, and amazingly talented star.”

The young people who visited Fairbridge had a nick name for her. They called her “Colour” because of her bold and bright dress sense.

Ms Watson is the third cyclist in a month to be killed in accidents in London involving lorries. Medical student Muhammad Ahmed, 21, was hit as he rode to lectures at Guy’s Hospital campus near London Bridge on Tuesday.

One Response to "Cyclist killed at Lauriston Road roundabout is named"

  1. Looking at the aerial view of this roundabout it immediately strikes home that the road geometry positively invites the position of a cyclist and truck converging at the apex of the corner turning out from the roundabout. This is greatly enhanced by the straight kerb-lines on at least 2 sides, and really dangerous (ir appears) where the kerb is extended by the zebra crossing on the East arm of Victoria Park Road.

    Local observation may well reveal marks and damage to kerbs where the ‘fast’ line taken by drivers (in a rally or race driving style) will ‘kiss’ the roundabout with their offside wheels and the exit corner with their nearside ones. A fast cyclist will equally cut over and back when riding through this feature.

    Photographic evidence of tyre strikes and overrunning of kerbs – even damage to railings will show up any flawed design in the road geometry.. With London 2012, the ELR works, Crossrail and some peripheral Thameslink and DLR construction traffic moving through this area the HGV-cyclist/pedestrian issues need to be properly monitored and managed,

    Perhaps more vital than the networkl of supehighways is a review of all gyratory systems where this kerb-kising pattern of ‘invited use’ occurs. Pictures taken from the upper floors of the buildings around this location might be very revealing if regular kerb striking is recorded.

    The details which could make life safer in theis respect can include a kerb-protected filter lane, wherever cyclists will be taking a sweeping corner like these, and where the ‘line’ taken by motor traffic will tend to hug the nearside kerb as it is offered to them.

    Local cyclists an others might wish to contribute to a file of bad road design particularly if they can capture on camera large vehicles running over or striking corner kerbs on left turns – that kerb could have been another cyclist or a pedestrian standing at the roadside.

    Comment by Otto Barnes on 16/03/2010 at 11:30 am

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