A CYCLIST died in hospital after a collision with a van, whose driver was arrested on suspicion of drug driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man died in a road traffic collision in Farmoor.

Officers were called just after 6.30pm on Monday, October 28, to reports of a white Vauxhall Combo van and a pedal cyclist colliding on the B4044 Oxford Road towards Eynsham.

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The cyclist was seriously injured in the collision and was treated at the scene before being taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with serious head injuries.

The road was closed in both directions for several hours as a result of the collision.

Sadly, the cyclist, a 58-year-old man from Farmoor, has since passed away in hospital.

The man’s next of kin are aware and are being supported by specially trained officers.

A 42-year-old man from Stonesfield was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle while unfit through drugs and causing serious injury by dangerous driving and has been released under investigation.

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Investigating officer, Sergeant Beth Walton of the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, based at Bicester, said: “Tragically, the cyclist in this collision suffered fatal injuries.

“The collision occurred in the early evening, and I believe there would have been lots of vehicles in the area.

“I am appealing to anybody who saw the vehicle or pedal cyclist involved prior to the collision, or who may have dash-cam footage of the incident to please check this and make contact with police.

“Our thoughts remain with the family of the man who has died at this very difficult time.”

Anyone with information can call 24-hour non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 43190336357 or make a report online.

Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.