Second tragedy in family within four months.
Friends have being paying tribute to the cyclist killed in Stamford Hill as she cycled to a patient appointment last Tuesday morning.
Community physiotherapist Stephanie Turner 29, who lived in Tottenham Hale, died following a collision with a lorry on Amhurst Park Road near the junction of Seven Sisters Road, on the Haringey/Hackney border. Ms Turners death is the first cycling fatality in London this year, but the second tragedy in 4 months for her family, following the death of her sister, Claire Widdicombe, 38, in September during child birth.
A graduate of Teeside University, she grew up in Paignton, Devon and shared a house in Tottenham with her fiancé Ian Pibworth and several friends. A childhood friend Natalie Sharp, told The Evening Standard: “Steph and Ian had plans together for the future and were going to move but she delayed it because she loved living in London so much and riding from clinic to clinic. She was a real outdoors person, she did marathons, she swam, she cycled, she climbed mountains.
“When I found out last week I couldn’t believe it. It’s devastating. We had big plans for this year as a whole group of our school friends are turning 30. She referred to us as the ‘Devon girls’, she had so many friends from all over the place. We love her to bits. Everyone just loved her.
“She would walk into a room and without even trying everyone would be smiling. She could brighten up a room. She was naturally kind and funny. We would have crazy nights out and in. We are going to miss her, she was very precious.”
Ms Turner an enthusiastic outdoor person was an avid cyclist and runner who participated in triathlons and recently posted on her Facebook page: “Today my job has required me to cycle through Regents Park, Hyde Park, Baker Street and Oxford Circus. Best job ever!”
Friend Jo Van Staten posted: “Life can be so cruel… This world has lost an absolute angel.” She also posted: “Words cannot express how much we are all going to miss this absolutely amazing lady! heartbroken xxx”
Colleague Anna Sliwinska posted: “we gained an angel in heaven that watches over us.”
Natasha Darbar-Woodland posted a message to Miss Turners fiance Ian: “She will be forever in your heart and remain in your soul sending so much love to you Ian.”
The 47-year-old driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has since been bailed to return in early April to a north London police Station, pending further enquiries.
Flower tributes have been left at the scene and a vigil organised by campaign group, Stop Killing Cyclists, will be held this evening at 6.30 PM on the corner of Amhurst Park Road and Seven Sisters Road.