Guernsey

Cyclist David Allison dies in Guernsey road crash

Guernsey Police cordon around crash at Salerie Corner
Image caption Police and civil defence volunteers closed the east coast road for more than two hours

A cyclist has died in a road crash at Salerie Corner in Guernsey, police have confirmed.

A police spokesman identified him as 59-year-old David Allison.

He said: "There was a very serious accident involving a male cyclist and a lorry... the cyclist died of his injuries at the scene."

The incident occurred at about 08:40 BST and led to the closure of the island's east coast road in both directions for more than two hours.

The northbound lane reopened at 11:20 and the southbound about 15 minutes later.

Traffic Sgt John Tostevin praised the efforts of members of the public who gave first aid to the cyclist before the emergency services arrived.

He appealed for witnesses who saw a blue lorry travelling from the Longstore towards Salerie Corner or a male cyclist wearing a yellow reflective jacket on a black bike travelling in the same direction.

'Devastated'

Mr Allison was the co-founder and director of Virtus Trust Limited.

His colleagues, Roddy Balfour and Nick Moss said in a statement "directors and staff are devastated by this tragic event, and our thoughts are with his family at this time".

"In large part thanks to David, Virtus Trust has expanded rapidly since it was established in 2005 and he was so looking forward to the initiatives we have planned, including further expansion of our Eastern European and Latin American fiduciary business.

"In the last two years we have implemented succession planning with highly skilled senior personnel which will ensure continuity as we recover from this dreadful shock."

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