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Another death on Chelsea’s roads

At 8am on 10th August 2023 a truck crushed a female cyclist to death on Battersea Bridge.

Also, at 6.30 am on 14th May 2022, Olivia Riley was walking her three golden retrievers when she was knocked down by a car and killed.  All the dogs were also killed.

Laszlo Dancs crashed into Olivia and her dogs while they were waiting on a pedestrian crossing

Dancs, 28, was sentenced at the Old Bailey on 28th July 2023 to six years and eight months imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving, drink driving, drug driving and failing to provide a breath sample.  He was also disqualified from driving.

During the trial the court heard that Dancs, from Acton in west London, had been driving his Audi TT at three times the 20mph (32km/h) limit before he lost control of the vehicle.

Prosecuting counsel said Dancs was racing against two other cars before the crash – a BMW and a Mercedes – and was seen on CCTV accelerating away from traffic lights faster than the Mercedes and overtaking that vehicle before he hit Ms Riley.

Dashcam footage from an Uber driver’s vehicle played to the court showed the Audi sliding across the carriageway and crashing into Ms Riley and the dogs at the pedestrian crossing, while a Mercedes was on the opposite side of the road.

Ms Riley, 41, from Suffolk, was killed at the scene while her three dogs – two Labradors and a Golden Retriever puppy – died later as a result of their injuries.


Not long before, on 13th January 2021 another pedestrian, Jack Ryan, was knocked down and killed – at the north end of Battersea Bridge.

The 28 yr old Range Rover Sport driver who killed him denies causing death by dangerous driving

The Chelsea Society has been campaigning and will continue to campaign to make our streets safer for pedestrians, and we have held a public meeting.  Speed-limits alone are not the answer – some junctions need to be redesigned.

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