A cyclist killed in a hit-and-run crash with a lorry was about to buy a house and start a family, friends said today.
Adrianna Skrzypiec, 31, died in Greenwich, south east London, as she
was cycling home from work to one of her best friend’s birthday at a
She was hit by a lorry at the junction of Woolwich Road and the
Kent-bound A102 and died at the scene. The driver of the truck did not
stop and is yet to be found by police.
Friends said today that Ms Skrzypiec had only been cycling for six
months and had often complained about the stretch of road where she
died in Friday’s accident.
Ms Skrzypiec, who worked as a supervisor for fashion website Net-A-Porter, moved to Greenwich from Szczecin in the north of Poland six years ago.
Known as Adusia to her friends, she lived in Rotherhithe with her 37-year-old boyfriend, Tomek Koziolek.
Friends said today that Ms Skrzypiec and her boyfriend, who were keen supporters of West Ham United, enjoyed travelling and had also just booked tickets for a holiday to Brazil.
Weronika Olszewska, 32, who came to London with Ms Skrzypiec, described
her today as an “incredibly lively and open person who loved life”.
She said: “Adusia was incredibly popular and had lots of friends. She
only started cycling six months ago but she took her bike to work every
day. She always told us she was scared when she was cycling on Woolwich
Road, especially on the junction where she died.
“She was an incredibly careful cyclist. She always wore her helmet and
she never went through red lights. We were all so shocked to hear about
Ms Olszewska said Ms Skrzypiec’s boyfriend was struggling to cope with her death.
“Tomek is devastated but thankfully he has a lot of Adrianna’a friends
around him. The two of them loved travelling and had just booked a trip
“Tomek wasn’t even allowed to go and identify her body because the
injuries she suffered were so bad. Now we just want the driver of the
truck to come forward. We can’t understand how no CCTV cameras picked
up what happened.”
She called for more cycle paths to be built in the area to prevent more deaths on the busy stretch of road.
“The roads just are not safe enough for cyclists. People on bikes
shouldn’t even be on dangerous roundabouts. There should be cycle paths
around them so something like this does not happen again,” she said.
Friends said that Ms Skrzypiec’s mother was too distressed by the news
to travel to London and that the funeral will take place in Poland.
Police said today that they are still investigating the accident and
are examining CCTV footage from local shops. They said the lorry that
hit Ms Skrzypiec had a blue plastic or canvas covering on its side and
appealed for any witnesses to come forward.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information that may assist
police should call the Collision Investigation Unit at Catford Traffic
Garage on 020 8285 1574.
|17th May 2009, 21:48||
Join Date: Mar 2008
Well the ‘good news’ is that there are at least 10 traffic congestion
cameras along the next 5 miles of that road, they know the time so
there can not be that many lorries fitting that description that have
to be traced.
One just hopes they acted fast enough, as it’s also the main route down
One can only feel for the family, who, so far as we know, are totally