Second memorial roller derby this weekend in honour of cyclist killed after being dragged under lorry’s wheels

Louise Wright was killed in 2014 (Picture: Jim Eyre)

The second memorial roller derby in honour of a cyclist killed after being dragged under the wheels of a lorry takes place this weekend.

Louise Wright was cycling to work in July 2014 when a lorry struck her and dragged her along under its wheels.

She was cycling along Lower Parliament Street at its junction with Pennyfoot Street and Fisher Gate when the collision happened.

Louise was 29-years-old when she died.

The lorry driver, Adam Haywood of Bakestone Moor, Whitwell, who was 31-years-old when sentenced in September 2016, was found guilty of causing death by careless driving by a majority verdict.

Prosecutors said Haywood failed to check his mirrors before turning at left at the traffic lights.

He was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was banned from driving for two years; a judge also ordered him to do 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,500 in costs.

Louisey Rider Cup memorial roller derby 2017

Louise was a friend and teammate of Nottingham Roller Derby and was also known as Louisey Rider 66.

Friends and family of Louise have helped to organise a second Louisey Rider Cup memorial roller derby tournament for Saturday (April 22), around the time of Louise’s birthday.

The tournament takes place at the Lee Westwood Sports Centre on Clifton Campus with all money raised going to road safety charity Brake.

Roller derby is a sport played on roller skates with the aim for skaters to pass through the opposing team’s blockers, which is a wall of players, as many times as possible in two minutes.

A statement on the event’s Facebook page said: “If you knew Louise you’ll immediately understand why a day of roller derby followed by a massive party is the best way to remember her.

“If you didn’t you’ll experience a day that captures the spirit of who she was.

“After the incredible success of last year’s event, a gold and sparkly day of co-ed roller derby, we raised a total of £3500 for road safety charity Brake.

“Once again, we’ll be supporting Brake with the money being raised.”

Nottingham City Council have also recently unveiled a memorial bench, plaque and wayfairer outside BioCity, just off Pennyfoot Street.