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Lidia Zoetemelk

RSW14-LidiaZoetemelkLidia Zoetemelk, 42, from London, was travelling to work on her 50cc scooter in south east London on 23 May 2013 when she was hit by a truck. She was killed instantly.

Lidia was only ten minutes into her journey when the crash happened. She was riding her scooter in the left hand lane when a heavy goods vehicle carrying copper pipes made a left hand turn from the right lane. Lidia was in the vehicle's blind spot and the driver had checked his mirrors but had not seen her when he made the turn. The driver was not charged and the death ruled as 'accidental'.

Lidia had been looking forward to the next chapter of her life. She was one month away from entering into a civil partnership with her partner of eight years, and six weeks away from leaving London to move to Australia.

Lidia's partner, Iris Yee, says: "Lidia's death was a shock to everyone who knew her. To have someone so young, with such a vibrant zest and energy for life, die so tragically and unexpectedly, has been devastating. My world collapsed when she was killed. We were on the brink of starting the next chapter of our lives. We had so much to look forward to, with so many exciting plans and dreams. I have no anger towards the driver of the vehicle for what happened, but I do want to help prevent more tragedies. Lidia often commuted to work by moped or bicycle. She was one of many vulnerable road users. This is why I'm supporting Road Safety Week. More has to be done to prevent deaths like Lidia's, especially improving visibility for drivers of large vehicles, and persuading all drivers to slow down and keep careful look out for people on foot and bike. We all have a responsibility to look out for each other, especially the most vulnerable road users."

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