A HAULAGE firm involved in a killer crash with a cyclist on Chelsea Bridge was launched by a family member of two directors banned from running a transport firm after a similar tragedy, The Sun can reveal.
Father and son Alan and Colin Drummond were banned by the Transport Commission after hiring an unlicensed driver who ploughed into dad-of-one Alan Neve, 55, in Holborn in 2013.
Driver Barry Meyer was jailed for three-and-half years for causing death by careless driving.
A report found the Drummond family had “not bothered to check” his licence or long history of driving convictions before hiring him at LD Transport.
Just months after the pair were blacklisted in 2014, Alan’s daughter and Colin’s sister Hayley Drummond launched HCD London from the same address in Poplar, east London.
Now HCD London is at the centre of a police investigation after a 36-year-old female cyclist died in a morning rush-hour collision with one of its trucks on Chelsea Bridge on Wednesday.
Hayley, 36, the company’s sole director, was said to be too upset to speak when contacted by The Sun Online.
The spokesman said Alan Drummond, 74, had retired after being stripped of his operator’s licence and Colin Drummond died at the age of 49 last year.
The spokesman added: “We are fully co-operating with police and have handed over dashcam footage.
“We cannot comment any further due to the ongoing police investigation.
“Our thoughts are with the woman’s family.”
A Traffic Commission inquiry banned Alan Drummond from holding an operator’s licence or running a transport company and also banned Colin Drummond from running a transport firm.
Alan Drummond put the phone down on investigators attempting obtain vital documents ahead of the hearing and letters sent to Colin Drummond’s registered address were returned with “wrong address” on the envelope.
The report found they had “sought to evade their responsibilities” by not attending any hearings related to the inquiry and investigators could not find the company’s listed operating address.
The Sun Online attempted to visit HCD London’s registered operating address in Barking, east London, but found no evidence of the company being present on the industrial estate.
Motorists and pedestrians desperately tried to save the woman’s life following the crash near the busy Grosvenor Road junction at around 7.50am on Wednesday.
The 42-year-old driver was arrested at the scene and has been released under investigation for causing death by dangerous driving pending further enquiries.
Pictures taken at the scene show an HCD London vehicle with a mangled bike under its wheels.
Officers from Scotland Yard’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating.
A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating a fatal collision on Chelsea Bridge. Police were called at 7.50am on Wednesday, 27 September to Chelsea Bridge.
“A lorry had been in collision with a cyclist.
“London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene.
“The cyclist, a 36-year-old woman, was taken to a west London hospital where she died later the same day.
“Her next of kin have been informed.
“The 42-year-old driver of the lorry stopped at the scene.
“He was arrested and taken to a central London police station and has been released under investigation for causing death by dangerous driving pending further enquiries.”