Tragic accident near Lapta

A Mercedes ploughed into a cyclist near the monument at Escape beach earlier this evening.

Eyewitnesses have suggested that sun may have blinded the Mercedes driver. The cyclist was a foreign woman who had stopped to admire the monument. Her identity has not yet been released.

Update – 23/05/2013

The victim has now been identified as Irina Tulintseva, a 55 year old Russian woman who had only recently settled in the TRNC with her family.

She was cycling to her home, only a few hundred meters away when she was hit from behind. The accident occurred at 18.40 yesterday on the main road.

26 year old taxi driver Halit Dagcan has been arrested by police who are continuing their investigations.

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