Friday, 13 October 2017

First picture of 'incredibly warm and kind' teacher Charlotte Landi killed as she cycled to work on Chelsea Bridge





Tributes have been paid to a teacher who died after being struck by a lorry near Chelsea Bridge as she cycled to work.

Charlotte Landi, 36, who taught at the £18,000-a-year Hampshire School in Chelsea, is the seventh cyclist to die in a collision on London’s roads this year, the third involving a HGV.

Dozens of protesters held a “die in” vigil in her memory outside Kensington and Chelsea town hall last night as they demanded urgent action to improve safety.

The junction is on Transport for London’s list of 73 of the most dangerous in the capital and is due to undergo a study to seek ways to improve safety.

The collision happened around 8am on September 27. A picture from the scene showed a bike beneath the off-side rear wheels of the lorry. Mrs Landi died in King’s College hospital, Denmark Hill, that afternoon.

Friends of Mrs Landi, who specialised in English, maths and RE, today described her as “incredibly warm and kind” while colleagues at the school, less than a mile away, are said to be devastated by her death.

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It is understood she married Alberto Landi, who works for an investment bank based near London Bridge, in 2014.

Irene Del Real told the Standard: “I first met her in Chile when she was living there, but I got to know her more during a visit to England. She was incredibly warm and kind, and super easy to talk to.

“During my visit we had some great conversations and I left England very happy to have met her. What happened to her is a real shock.”

Tributes were left at the scene of the collision including flowers left by pupils with a handwritten note for “Miss Charly from 4E”.

A cyclist who was among some 30 people who rushed to help following the crash left a card saying: “I’m sorry we met in the circumstances we did. Things like this should never happen.”

Tributes have also been posted on social media by friends around the world.

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Pru Mckenzie, who works at an international school in Santiago, Chile, wrote: “She was an angel in disguise. My heart is broken for her and her family. A true legend taken far too early.”

Neither Ms Landi or her husband’s family wanted to comment. Donal Brennan, the head at Hampshire School, said: “This is a private matter.”

It is thought Mrs Landi was cycling east along the Chelsea Embankment to Grosvenor Road when the collision occurred. A blue-painted CS8 superhighway, which leads to and from Chelsea Bridge, is not segregated at this point.

Donnachadh McCarthy, founder of pressure group Stop Killing Cyclists, which organised last night’s vigil, said: “She was a beautiful young woman just trying to go to work at her school.

“This junction needs to be protected but it’s being opposed at the consultation level in the boroughs.”


Part of the Chelsea Bridge junction was the focus of a TfL consultation in 2015, when a “waiting area” was proposed to make it safer for cyclists to turn right without needing to move across lanes of traffic. The spot where Ms Landi was struck lies on the Westminster council side of the border with Kensington and Chelsea but the junction itself is in Kensington and Chelsea.

A spokesman for Kensington and Chelsea council said: “We have created 8km of new Quietway routes in the last year, meaning people can travel around on roads which generally have fewer heavy vehicles, but we will continue to look at ways to make our streets safer.”

Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the woman who sadly died after a collision while cycling along Chelsea Embankment. We will assist the police in their investigation.”

The lorry driver, 40, was initially arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was later released under investigation.

A Scotland Yard spokesman today said the driver was now being investigated on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A post mortem on Monday gave the cause of Mrs Landi’s death as multiple traumatic injuries. An inquest into Mrs Landi’s death was opened and adjourned at Westminster coroner’s court on Wednesday.

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