Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Scooter rider killed on A40

You may have noticed that Shepherd's Bush Green was a car park this morning. The cause was an early morning crash which took the life of a motorcyclist on a scooter. The A40 was closed which meant that the traffic trying to get onto it or around Holland Park roundabout was backed up all the way up the Uxbridge Road.

Here's the police statement which gives the bare bones:

Police were called just before 04:00 hrs to the A40 near Wood Lane to reports of a fatal accident involving a scooter on Wednesday 28 July.
At this early stage it is believed witnesses saw a male riding the scooter lose control. He died instantly. It is not thought any other vehicles were involved.
London Ambulance Service were also called to the scene.
The road is still closed and enquiries continue

2100 UPDATE: As some of you have pointed out the rider has been named as Chris Dagley, who was a renowned drummer.The Evening Standard broke this piece of the jigsaw this evening and had the following:

A star musician on the London jazz scene was killed early today as he rode home from a gig.
Chris Dagley, a drummer in the Ronnie Scott's house band who had played with Take That, Westlife and Lionel Richie, died after losing control of his scooter on the A40 in White City.
The 39-year-old was riding to Ruislip, where he lived with his partner and their three children.
Simon Cooke, managing director of Ronnie Scott's, said staff at the Soho venue were in shock, adding: "Chris was exceptionally talented."

Indeed he was. Here is Chris playing at last year's Ealing Jazz Festival with the Winston Morson's Off the Cuff band. Tragedy doesn't seem to be big enough a word.


  1. The man that died was Chris Dagley, a well respected drummer on his way home from performing at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club where he was in the houseband.

  2. what a huge tragedy. does anyone know what happened to cause the accident?