A cyclist who died after being hit by a lorry on a busy London street, on Wednesday, was a doctor to the Queen, it has been revealed.
Bystanders battled in vain to save Dr Peter Fisher, 67, following a collision near Holborn Tube station on Wednesday morning.
Despite paramedics rendering CPR, the 67-year-old was pronounced dead after being struck by a Travis Perkins lorry during his commute to work.
The experienced homoeopathic physician served the Queen for almost 15 years as a member of the royal medical household.
Sir Marcus Setchell, Her Majesty’s former surgeon-gynaecologist, told the Evening Standard: ‘We are all shocked by his tragic loss.
‘He was much respected as a good doctor who saw homoeopathy as complementary to medical care.’
Greg White, chief executive of the Faculty of Homeopathy, added: ‘We have lost a leader, not just for the faculty but for homoeopathy in the UK and worldwide.
‘It’s no exaggeration to say Peter is an irreplaceable talent. He truly was a giant in all his fields of endeavour, which included clinician, researcher and academic.’
The incident happened on this year’s Cycle to Work Day, which has been running since 2012 and saw 20,000 riders in Britain pledge to cycle to their work today.
Witness Ricky Ball said on Facebook: ‘Just seen the cyclist get run over by a lorry in Holborn – literally feel sick. RIP. Was probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen.’
Katie Tumbridge added: ‘High Holborn at the complete standstill… accident, also paramedics running down towards Hatton Garden, police everywhere.’
One Twitter user described the area where the crash happened as having a ‘really confusing junction’, while another said: ‘I was there a few minutes ago. Very sad.’
One woman tweeted: ‘Avoid Holborn, RTC between lorry and cyclist, 12 police cars one London ambulance, paramedics, air ambulance and CPR being carried out.’
A police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We were called at 9.30am to reports of a collision between a lorry and a cyclist on High Holborn.
‘Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. The cyclist, who is a man in his mid-60s, was pronounced dead at the scene.
‘Officers are in the process of informing next of kin. Road closures are in place. No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.’
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called at 9.30am today to High Holborn to reports of a road traffic collision involving a cyclist and a lorry.
‘We sent a number of resources to the scene and dispatched (the) air ambulance. Sadly, despite extensive resuscitation efforts, the patient – a man – died at the scene.’
The man is thought to be the seventh cyclist to die on London’s roads this year, with the most recent previous death being that of Soren Aarlev at Old Street on July 6.
According to the campaign group Vision Zero, at least 69 pedestrians or cyclists were killed on the capital’s streets last year – down from 79 in 2016, and 75 in 2015.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, London