2012 London Olympics: Cyclist Dies After Being Hit by a Bus

| by Alex Groberman

A cyclist died on Wednesday after being hit by a double-decker bus near the entrance of the Olympic Games Main Press Center.

Details regarding what exactly transpired remain very sketchy at the moment, and numerous outlets can’t even seem to get on the same page about non-essential and easily verifiable details like the victim’s age. (He was apparently somewhere between 28 and 30 years old.)

That gives you an idea of how relatively little we really know right now.

Here is what we do know, though: according to USA Today, the cyclist was pronounced dead about half an hour after the accident occurred. A man in his mid-60s was arrested “on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving” and is currently being held in custody.

It’s also being reported that authorities responded very quickly to this event, and that they were able to shield the victim’s body from the public. While that doesn’t seem important, the ability of London officials to respond quickly to whatever catastrophes await was a major point of concern heading into these Olympics.

The London Olympic organizing committee only released a brief statement on this matter:

"The police are investigating the accident, and our thoughts are with the cyclist's family.”

(Kudos USA Today)

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