John Searle named as cyclist killed in Craven Arms crash

A cyclist who was killed in a crash in south Shropshire has been named by police.

John Edmund Searle, 59, from Craven Arms, died in a collision while cycling along the B4368 Corvedale Road on Wednesday morning.

West Mercia Police said it is thought a number of vehicles were involved after the original crash between the bike and a car travelling towards Diddlebury.

Officers want to speak to the driver of a dark coloured 4x4 vehicle.

PC Gavin Williams said: "It's vital we speak to everyone who may have seen Mr Searle on his bike either before the collision, or just after.

"We have traced a number of motorists who have been able to assist but we are now appealing for the driver of a dark coloured 4x4, possibly a Suzuki Jiminy."

He added police had spoken to the drivers of a red Kika Rio and a blue Ford Fiesta who were involved in the crash.

A second man, thought to be helping Mr Searle, was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with leg injuries.

A post-mortem examination is due to be held on Friday and an inquest is likely to be opened next week, police said.

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