Charity Cyclist Killed in Crash

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A charity cyclist died last week after being hit by a car.
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A man from England, who was on a 24-hour charity bike ride raising money for mental health charity Mind, died early last week when an 18-year-old car driver hit him. Christian Smith was 38 and a father of three. He was on his 248-mile cycle ride around Kent and Sussex, which he had started on Friday, March 21st.

Around 4am the next morning, the woman, who was driving a Peaugeot 206, hit him. Smith was declared dead at the scene, just three days before his 39th birthday. On his JustGiving page Smith stated, “I have had my own misfortune to suffer from a state of poor mental health, which was unexpected and has been a real ‘game changer’ in how I now view the future.”

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash. PC Jamie Woodhams said: “In particular, we would like to speak to anybody who saw the Peugeot travelling along the road prior to the collision.”

Donations, some made after his death, rose to more than £11,000 by Sunday afternoon. Mr. Smith’s family has asked for their privacy to grieve his passing. The CEO of Mind, Paul Farmer, said: “We were shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Christian Smith. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

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