Cyclist died after crashing into stationary lorry in Changi

THE lorry involved in the accident that killed a cyclist on Changi Coast Road last Saturday was stationary at the time.

The cyclist, whose name was not given, was a 29-year-old Briton who was working in a bank in Singapore.

He is understood to have been riding in a small group along the popular 7km stretch when he collided with the rear of the lorry.

He was pronounced dead on the spot by paramedics.

Mr Nanda, an architect's assistant who goes by one name, told The Straits Times that he had cycled past the accident scene at about 10.30am, shortly after the collision.

He saw the man's companions seeking help from passing cyclists.

"There were a handful of cyclists, including a Caucasian woman, who were trying to find any cyclist who was a doctor," said the 34-year-old.

Mr Nanda added that the man was in a cycling jersey and riding a racing bike fitted with clipless pedals, which attach to cleated bike shoes.

Retiree Benny Khaw said he had cycled past the place 15 minutes after the accident occurred.

He said the front of the road bike was badly damaged and the rear of the lorry was dented. The man's helmet had been removed and a white sheet was draped over his body.

"There were two Indian men, one in blue overalls and the other in white overalls, talking to police under a tree next to the lorry," said the 53-year-old.

Mr Khaw added that the man's bike sported aero bars , which are handlebars parallel to the bicycle frame.

Last Saturday's crash was the third fatal road accident involving a cyclist in three days.

Yesterday, the cyclist's body was claimed by eight friends and family members at the mortuary. They declined to speak to the media.

Police said the 40-year-old driver of the lorry is assisting with investigations.

yanliang@sph.com.sg

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