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Christopher Staward

Age: 13

Sex: male

Date: 29 Oct 1960

Place: Slough Road, Iver Heath

Christopher Staward was knocked down by a van that didn't stop in Iver Heath.

He had been a member of the Ealing Manor Road Cycling Club and had been cycling back with other members from a cycle championship meeting at Slough Stadium.

He had been part of a group of cyclists from the club that had been to the cycle championship meeting on 2 October 1960 that had been riding back along Slough Road at Iver Heath when a van that was said to have been speeding along the road knocked down Christopher Staward and then careered across the road and into the path of nine other cyclists in the group, forcing them into the verge before racing on.

The other cyclists survived, the worst injured suffering only a bruised leg, but Christopher Staward died.

The police carried out an intensive search for the van and examined over 100 but without luck.

Only three boys in the group saw the path of the car, a 16-year-old from Northolt, a 17-year-old from Greenford and a 14-year-old from Greenford.

The 14-year-old boy said that the van had been travelling between 30 and 40mph.

The 16-year-old boy said that he saw sparks coming from under the van's wheels. He said, 'I ran back to see if my friends were all right and then I saw the boy'.

After hearing the evidence from the three boys the Coroner praised their road sense, saying, 'I think these young men showed remarkable road sense, otherwise we might be dealing with more than one inquest'.

An open verdict was returned.

Christopher Staward had lived in Swallodale, Iver Heath.

The Ealing Manor Road Cycling Club had marked the end of the track racing season by holding a programme of club events at Slough Stadium with the main event being the Club 660 yards Sprint Championship along with a two mile (8 lap) pursuit race run in two heats of four riders and a five mile point to point race with 48 points.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.

see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see Middlesex County Times - Saturday 29 October 1960

see Middlesex County Times - Saturday 08 October 1960