Search

Policeman off work after London Road, Romford, bike crash

12:00 14 August 2014

Guaravin hospital following the crash. Picture: Guarav Aggarwal

Guaravin hospital following the crash. Picture: Guarav Aggarwal

Archant

A 33-year-old police officer will not patrol the streets for the next three weeks after he was hospitalised in a bike crash.

Guarav at his brother's wedding. Picture: Guarav AggarwalGuarav at his brother's wedding. Picture: Guarav Aggarwal

Pc Gaurav Aggarwal, of Romford, was “sent flying” after a car door opened into him when he was cycling on London Road, Romford.

The collision, which took place after 9am at the junction with Burlington Avenue, has left the Redbridge officer “battered and bruised” and signed off work for up to three weeks.

Mr Aggarwal said that bystanders showed a great deal of kindness to him following the collision that saw him land four meters away from the car.

He was helped by not only an off-duty NHS nurse but also a policeman and a fireman who were not working. He was then taken to an East London hospital by ambulance for immediate treatment.

After seeing numerous incidents like this in his line of work, he offered advice to drivers and passengers.

“It takes two seconds to stop and look before you open the door,” he said.

“Just look, it’s part of the highway code and it’s not difficult and you have to look out for other road users.”

The A118 was closed in both directions for nearly two hours as a result of the crash that “destroyed” the officer’s bike.

Traffic officers investigated the incident but made no arrests.

This is the second time the Recorder has reported on a car hitting a cyclist in London Road in the last month.

In July, the Recorder reported on how a 27-year-old biker was sent flying into the air after a car hit him on London Road. The cyclist caught the incident on his helmet-mounted camera and the video footage went viral within days of the story being published - clocking up almost 1.4 million views worldwide.

Read more:

Cyclist hit by car door and hospitalised in London Road, Romford

Romford cycle crash footage goes viral with 300k views

First cyclist to die on London’s roads this year is Rainham man

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

CM Atkinson from the Harold Hill Fire Station (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

One mum-of-two proves that being a woman doesn’t make a difference when it comes to fighting fires and saving lives.

Yesterday, 16:25
Deck the halls with boughs of holly - and doughnuts  (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

“You wouldn’t want to eat one, really – I’ve tried about four and even I don’t like them.”

Yesterday, 15:28
Person 1

Detectives are hunting for thugs who carried out a brutal early-morning attack in Romford town centre.

The 'Ho Ho Honut', the stuff of Christmas nightmares

Christmas just got a whole lot better – thanks to a Havering bakery chain.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Twinkle, twinkle you little stars – thanks for making your homes so festive.

Offers for university places are at a record high.