The death of a nursing assistant at the Royal London hospital killed in collision with a HGV was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

Maria Karsa, 21, pictured below, from Islington, died last September at the hospital in Whitechapel, a week after the crash at Aldgate as she rode to work. Colleagues had made desperate efforts to save her life.


An inquest at City of London coroner’s court on March 4 ended with the City of London coroner, Paul Matthews, recording a verdict of accidental death. The fact the inquest had taken place only emerged last week following my inquiries to City of London police, asking for an update on the case.

A City Police spokeswoman said the Crown Prosecution Service had reviewed the case and decided to take no further action, meaning there will be no prosecution of the driver.

The coroner did not make a prevention of future deaths report – meaning he did not believe there were wider issues raised by the inquest that needed to be addressed by public authorities such as the City of London Corporation or Transport for London.

For background on Maria’s case, see this report from the Evening Standard last year.