Moment man arrested after woman left fighting for life from cyclist crash in Oxford Street

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This is the moment a cyclist was arrested after a pensioner was left fighting for her life in a crash in Oxford Street.

The woman, in her seventies, suffered serious head injuries in the crash near Bond Street station at 4.30pm yesterday. She was taken to hospital where she remained today with “life- threatening” injuries. Her family were at her side.

Scotland Yard said the cyclist stopped at the scene. He was arrested after checks showed he was wanted in connection with an unrelated alleged offence involving criminal damage.

The cyclist was seen arguing with officers as hordes of shoppers watched. He shouted to the half-dozen officers trying to restrain him: “You’re breaking my arm, what are you holding me for? You are trying to make a show of me. That’s what police do.”

Witnesses described seeing two cyclists turning on to Oxford Street, with one striking the woman as she crossed the road.

Arrest: Police at the scene in Oxford Street

Shoppers stopped traffic outside the Forever 21 shop as she was being treated.

One resident who was filming herself on the road caught the incident on Snapchat and handed the evidence to police.

Antonio Mendoca, 61, was handing out newspapers in Bond Street station at the time of the incident. He said: “Everyone ran towards her to see if they could help. One guy tried to pick her up and get her out of the middle of the road but others stopped him. There were so many people around and they helped stop the traffic. The police came and took over.”

After apparently refusing to get into a police car, the cyclist was escorted into a police van and taken to a station, two and a half hours after the collision.

A police spokesman said: “Local officers arrested a man in his thirties at the scene in connection with an unrelated matter of criminal damage.”

The incident comes a fortnight after cyclist Charlie Alliston, 20, was convicted of “wanton or furious driving” over the death of mother-of-two Kim Briggs after he ploughed into her as she crossed Old Street last year. He will be sentenced on Monday.


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