Donations flood in after cyclist is killed during charity race

Donations continue to flood in for Christian Smith who was taking part in a 24-hour charity bike ride when he was killed on Saturday morning. A woman was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been released on bail.

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Over £66,000 pledged in Christian's memory

More than £66,000 has been donated in memory of Christian Smith Credit: Kent Police

Friends and family of a Kent cyclist who was killed on a charity bike ride, have thanked donors who have given money, smashing his fund-raising target.

More than £66,000 has been given to Christian Smith's JustGiving webpage since he was killed in the crash.

He had originally aimed to raise £1000 for the mental health charity Mind.

Relatives and friends have said the donations are a "great comfort" at a"sad and difficult" time.

Mr Smith died when he was in a crash with a car on Saturday morning, during his 248 mile charity bike ride.

A 19-year-old man was held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and an 18-year-old woman was detained on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Kind-hearted contributors honour cyclist

Tributes are being paid to a father-of-three killed on a charity bike ride around Kent and Sussex following a collision with a car.

Christian Smith died on the A2990 - the Old Thanet Way - near Whitstable in the early hours of Saturday morning. Since then almost £60,000 has been pledged to the charity he was supporting.

We speak to Mind chief executive Paul Farmer, resident Richard McAban-Harris, Julian Huppert MP from the All-Party Cycling Group and Joseph Tickner, manager of Tri the Bike Shop in Gravesend.

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Second person arrested over cyclist's death

A second person has been arrested by officers investigating the death of Christian Smith.

A 19-year-old man from the Herne Bay area was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been bailed pending further investigation until 27th July.

An 18-year-old woman was arrested and released on bail in connection with the cyclists death too.

Christian Smith died when his bike collided with a blue Peugeot 206 near Chestfield on Saturday morning.

Investigating officer PC Jamie Woodhams is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call PC Woodhams on 01622 798538.

Cyclist killed during charity bike ride raised £40,000

A cyclist who was killed while on a charity bike ride in Kent has raised nearly £40,000.

Father of three Christian Smith was in a collision with a car on Saturday morning.

His family say he was raising money for the charity MIND.

The 18-year-old woman driving the car, who was arrested, has been bailed while investigations continue.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of MIND said the charity are "devastated" to hear the news and thanks the public for their continued donations.

Man killed in collision named

Christian Smith, who died while on a charity bike ride Credit: Kent Police

A man killed in a road traffic collision on the A2990 Old Thanet Way has been named.

Christian Smith, in his 30s, was on a charity bicycle ride travelling towards Whitstable when he was in a collision with a blue Peugeot 206 near Chestfield at around 4am on 22nd March 2014.

His family has released the following statement: "Christian Smith, of Boughton Aulph in Kent, was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning, while cycling to raise money for the MIND charity. Christian leaves a loving wife and three children."

Woman arrested after collision

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody, after a cyclist died in a collision earlier today in Kent.

Anybody who witnessed the collision or who saw the cyclist prior to the incident is asked to call PC David Jeeves of the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.

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