Cyclist, 22, dies after collision with taxi in West Bromwich

A cyclist who was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a collision with a taxi in West Bromwich has died, police said today.

The man, aged 22, was left fighting for his life following the crash involving a Crystal Cars Ltd taxi in New Swan Lane last week. Police have now confirmed he has died.

Flowers have been left at a lamp post close to the scene of the crash, by the junction with Bilhay Lane.

A tribute attached to a bouquet said: “RIP Michael, you will always be remembered x”.

Hardip Sangha, manager Pleasant Street firm Crystal Cars Ltd, today said he was saddened to hear the news.

“Of course we pass on our condolences,” he said.

“We are doing everything we can to help the police with their investigation.”

The drivers of a Kwik Fit van and a Honda car rushed to help the cyclist after the crash just after 8.30am last Tuesday.

Emergency services arrived and the man was airlifted to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital at 9.15am.

Witnesses at the time described seeing the man “flung into the air” before landing near the kerb. Scraps of police tape where the area was cordoned off still remain.

West Midlands Police said in a statement: “The 22-year-old man suffered serious injuries in the collision, and despite the best efforts of hospital staff, he passed away.”