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  • 24 March 2014, 14:10

Charity Cyclist Death: Second Person Arrested

A second person has been arrested over the death of a cyclist during a 24-hour charity ride.

More than £50,000 has been pledged in memory of Christian Smith, who was killed in a collision with a Peugeot 206 at around 4am on Saturday morning.

Mr Smith, who would have turned 39 next week, was riding 248 miles in 24 hours for the mental health charity Mind.

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man from the Herne Bay area in Kent on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been bailed until July 27.

It comes after an 18-year-old woman from the same area was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and causing death by dangerous driving and released on police bail.

Mr Smith, from Boughton Aulph, Kent, was killed on the A2990 Old Thanet Way, near Chestfield, and leaves behind a wife and three children.

He had hoped to raise £1,000 - promising to cycle naked around Wye if he made it.

So far there have been more than 3,700 donations to his JustGiving page.

Jane Barnes wrote: "RIP Christian. I've never met you but you've touched my heart. With great respect to you and my thoughts are with your family xxx."

Another who gave, Wendy Lambert, left the message: "How sad, the world needs more people like you not less, those who get up and do stuff. Rest in Peace Christian."

Explaining his motivation for doing the "Kent Epic" for Mind, Mr Smith had written on JustGiving: "I have had my own misfortune to suffer from a spate of poor mental health, which was unexpected and has been a real 'game changer' in how I now view the future.

"It has been a tough road to get to this point but I have been fortunate enough to have the support of my family and friends.

"There are those who are not so fortunate to have the same level of support and understanding. They suffer in silence and are alone. This challenge is for those people."

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said the charity was "devastated" to hear the news and thanked the public for their continued donations.

PC Jamie Woodhams, of Kent Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "Information has come to light regarding a taxi, which is believed to have passed the scene shortly after the collision travelling from the Chestfield/ Swalecliffe roundabout towards Whitstable.

"I do not believe this driver was involved in the collision but I believe he or she could hold valuable information for us and I'd urge the driver to contact me as soon as possible."

:: Anyone with information should call PC Woodhams on 01622 798538.

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