Biker dies on death trap’ junction

PUBLISHED: 17:01 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:50 16 August 2010

CRASH: George Small.

CRASH: George Small.

MOTORCYCLISTS have labelled the junction where an off-duty police officer was killed in a motorcycle crash a death trap , writes Kate Mead. News spread fast on motorcycling websites of married father George Small s death on Bromley Common, at the junct

MOTORCYCLISTS have labelled the junction where an off-duty police officer was killed in a motorcycle crash a 'death trap', writes Kate Nelson.

News spread fast on motorcycling websites of married father George Small's death on Bromley Common, at the junction with Homesdale Road, with many criticising drivers who do not look out for motorcyclists.

One biker, who did not want to be named, told the Times: "From experience the car drivers of Bromley seem to be less observant to motorcycle users. Many a time around the area, I have had near misses.

"Riding a bike with people looking out for you is hard enough, but having to second guess what they are going to do 24/7 is not easy, I really feel for the family. All too often people disregard the yellow boxes, they jump the lights and speed through there. The junction is a joke and it was a death trap waiting to happen.

"They need to put at the very least cameras on all the lights to stop people jumping them.

"I have been bought up around the Bromley area and know the roads well. I ride a motorbike but, where possible, I actually avoid going through Bromley unless I have to.

"In one simple little phrase I can sum up what people can do to make bikers lives safer: check your mirrors, check your blind spots. All too often people just do not check enough."

Scores of friends left messages of support for his wife Polly and their 17-month-old son Franky on the website The Rev Counter, on which Mr Small used the membership name 'Foxy'.

Last Thursday Mrs Small posted: "Last night on his way home from a late shift my darling boy was in a collision with a car and sadly didn't make it.

"I know that some of you had met him in real life and some of you just knew his online persona. He leaves a very sad me and a little boy without a daddy. What more can I say..."

Mr Small, 29, was killed last Wednesday when the motorcycle he was riding was in A collision with an Audi at around 11pm. He was making his way home to Surrey from a shift at Catford Traffic Garage where he had worked since 2007, after joining the Met in 2003.

Chief Superintendent David Snelling, Head of the Met's traffic unit, said: "I am deeply saddened by the news of George's death. It is a devastating shock to many of us, not least those colleagues who first attended the collision. He will be greatly missed by many friends and colleagues at Catford. Our thoughts are with his family at this time."

A Transport for London spokesperson said the junction had a relatively good safety record, adding: "The recent fatal collision at this location is currently being investigated by the police and we will meet with them in due course to assess whether there are any opportunities for improvements to safety at this junction.''

Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading up to it are asked to call the team on 020 8941 9011 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

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