Cyclist killed in Essington named as Sarah Louise Smith

A cyclist knocked down and killed in her home village in South Staffordshire was today named as Sarah Louise Smith. The 45-year-old mother died yesterday after being knocked off her bike by a Mercedes Sprinter van.

Cyclist killed in Essington named as Sarah Louise Smith

A cyclist knocked down and killed in her home village in South Staffordshire was today named as Sarah Louise Smith. The 45-year-old mother died yesterday after being knocked off her bike by a Mercedes Sprinter van.

Tributes are being paid to her on social networking site Facebook. Her family said there were "no words" to describe their loss. Daughter Hayley Smith said: "Today is the saddest day of my life, the day my beautiful mum was tragically taken away from me and my little brothers.

"No words will ever express how much of a wonderful lady she really was. RIP Sarah Louise Smith you were the bestest mum we could have ever asked for. We love you."

The accident happened in Blackhalve Lane, Essington.

A 40-year-old Walsall man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving. The van driver, who was unhurt in the collision, has been released on police bail to a date in March.

Ms Smith was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at 7.20am. Police officers are continuing to support the victim's family.

Today, a Facebook petition for action to prevent accidents along Blackhalve Lane had been supported by almost 100 people.

Resident Shirley Ellison, who is backing the campaign, wrote: "Blackhalve Lane has claimed so many lives over the years. It has not changed in the last 50 plus years. It's time for change to make the lane safer for everyone. Lights, footpath, having the speed limit lowered and anything else to make the lane safer."

Essington councillor David Clifft, who is also supporting the call for action, said: "Blackhalve Lane has claimed too many lives and seen to many accidents over a number of years."

Witnesses to the tragedy are being asked to call investigating officer Sgt Chris Rodger on 101.

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