A FORMER Kingsbridge girl has died after an accident in London.
Chiara Giacomini was cycling less than two miles from her home in West Dulwich when she was in collision with a lorry on the same day compulsory safety measures were announced for HGVs.
The 30-year-old, who had worked for the Tate Gallery for eight years, was hit by the white Mercedes lorry on Wednesday.
The London Ambulance Service said she suffered a cardiac arrest after the impact with the lorry. The 40-year-old lorry driver stopped, and was later arrested and bailed.
Chiara's family told the Standard newspaper that it was a “very tragic and devastating time”, as tributes to the art enthusiast were paid by friends and colleagues.
A spokeswoman for the Tate said: “This is a loss that will be deeply felt across Tate and beyond. Chiara had worked for Tate for eight years, before leaving to take up a new role in August.
“She was a vibrant presence in so many people’s lives, full of imagination, flair and energy.
“Stylish, intelligent and colourful, with a deeply held passion for art, Chiara affected everyone she met.
“The thoughts and condolences of everyone at Tate are with Chiara’s family, friends and admirers.”
On Facebook, Caroline Tapper wrote: “So, so sad…such a beautiful, talented girl” while Isla Hannaford-Luker posted: “Such tragic news – it brings home how life is precious when things like this happen.”
Babsie Davies wrote: “Such a beautiful, young, talented girl”. Claire Cross posted: “What terrible news, saying lots of prayers for that lovely family.”
One blogger, known as “tetm”, wrote on the BikeRadar forum that “scarily and sadly” he had just read a first-hand account on a friend’s Facebook wall.
It said: “I held someone’s hand as she died.
“Hopelessly, perhaps ridiculously, I gave her first aid. It turned out that her injuries were not survivable. Her name was Chiara. She was 30.
“Rest in peace, Chiara. I knew you only briefly, but will never forget you. I can only hope your friends and family find the strength to deal with your untimely and wholly unnecessary death.”
The Mayor of London's plans mean up to 6,000 vehicles, including tipper trucks, cement mixers and waste lorries, will have to meet tough new standards or face a £200 fine every day.
The fitting of life-saving sidebars or low skirts around lorries will be monitored by a 16-strong “HGV taskforce” of police and government inspectors.
Chiara, who leaves parents Gio and Maggie and a sister Serena, studied a BA in digital screen arts at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design.