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Father makes film after daughter's death

PUBLISHED: 05:04 25 February 2003 | UPDATED: 16:20 24 February 2010

THE father of a student nurse from Colchester who was killed when her bicycle was in collision with a lorry is to release a film in her memory to highlight the potential dangers of HGVs in town centres.

THE father of a student nurse from Colchester who was killed when her bicycle was in collision with a lorry is to release a film in her memory to highlight the potential dangers of HGVs in town centres.

Elizabeth Webb, known to her family as "Kiki", was 21 when she died under the wheels of a 38-tonne lorry as she went to hand in a project.

At an inquest, a verdict of accidental death was recorded, though the driver said he failed to see Elizabeth in his mirrors. No criminal charges were brought against the driver.

After the accident in London in September 1999, her father, Robin Webb, of St Peter's Street, Colchester, began research which he claims showed cyclists could be "totally invisible" to large lorries turning left.

Mr Webb has completed a documentary, Lorries & Towns Don't Mix, and hopes it will send a message to the Government about the dangers faced by cyclists and produce a positive outcome from the tragedy.

The 12-minute film, which is premiered this week, includes interviews and footage from East Anglia, and will argue that such deaths could be prevented by simple changes to the law.

Mr Webb said by restricting the size of lorries to 7.5 tonnes in town centres the problem of their drivers not being able to see cyclists and small vehicles would be avoided.

He also claims better protection on the sides of lorries is vital to help prevent accidents involving cyclists.

He said: "There have been safety improvements made by the local authority where the accident happened and hopefully with this project some good can come out what happened to my daughter.

"I hope to get as wide a distribution as possible of the film to make people question why on earth we put up with the problem.

Mr Webb said the film had received support from local MPs although he was critical of the Government.

"The Department of Transport has been totally un-cooperative which has been surprising as they are the people who should be doing something about these lorries," he said.

Last night a DoT spokeswoman said Mr Webb was welcome to send the film to it for an opinion.

She said: "The issues raised are for the local authorities to deal with and at present there are no plans at a national level to change policy regarding HGVs."

Lorries & Towns Don't Mix includes scenes shot on the Army Garrison in Colchester, which was picked as a safe environment to re-create "problems" caused by the HGVs.

The film will be shown to an invited audience at Signals Media Arts, Victoria Chambers, St Runwald's Street, Colchester on at 4pm.


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