Van driver arrested after cyclist dies on A31 in Hampshire

A cyclist in his 40s died after a collision with a Ford Transit van on the A31 in Hampshire on Wednesday evening

The A31 between Bentley and Farnham (Photo: Google Maps)

A van driver has been arrested in connection with the death of a cyclist after a collision on the A31 in Hampshire shortly before 7.30pm on Wednesday.

The rider, in his 40s, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries but died later that evening. Police report he was involved in a collision with a white Ford Transit van near Bentley, East Hampshire.

A 10-mile time trial run by North Hants RC was scheduled to run on that road on Wednesday evening but it is unclear from reports as to whether the cyclist was taking part in the event.

A Hampshire Police spokesman told the Press Association: "The van driver, a man aged in his 20s from Hampshire, was not injured. He was later arrested and is being interviewed at a police station about the collision.

"Officers are appealing for further witnesses to the collision itself or the movements of a white Ford Transit van and a bicycle immediately beforehand."

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) at Eastleigh police station by phoning 101 and quoting Operation Realm or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.