Cyclist who died in Richmond Park named as Oxshott scientist

Cycle crash: A friend said Dr Lim had been cycling below the speed limit

Cycle crash: A friend said Dr Lim had been cycling below the speed limit

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A neighbour has paid tribute to a cyclist who died after falling from his bicycle in Richmond Park, a scientist from Oxshott called Dr Sian Tiong Lim.

The 40-year-old lost control of his bicycle on Broomfield Hill in the Royal Park on Sunday, August 24 after skidding on gravel.

Dr Lim, a pharmaceuticals expert, was a father of two and lived in a £750,000 home in Oxshott, eight miles from where the accident happened.

His neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “They are a lovely family and that is what is so tragic.

“They are just very lovely, a close family.

“He did a lot of cycling so it’s not like he was an inexperienced cyclist.”

They have lived in Charlwood Drive, Oxshott, for about five years, the neighbour said.

Dr Lim was taken in a critical condition to the Royal London Hospital by London’s Air Ambulance after the accident, which happened at about 9.30am, but he died later that day.

Nobody else was involved in the accident.

Popular with cyclists, Broomfield Hill is part of a 1km route in the Royal Park and has gradients from 4 per cent to 12 per cent along with fast descents.

In 2006, Dr Lim, vice-president of pharmaceutical development at MedPharm, was jailed for four months after being stopped by customs officers at Heathrow in June 2004 with more than 100 rare and precious orchids in his suitcase.

He admitted 13 charges of smuggling plants that are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, with plants found including the Lady Slippers, which are only found on the slopes of a single mountain on the island of Borneo.

An orchid expert from Kew Gardens who helped to identify Dr Lim’s haul said illegal collecting and trade was pushing the rarest orchid species to extinction.

A close friend of Dr Lim told the Evening Standard he was an experienced cyclist who cycled to work two or three times a week.

The friend said: "He was travelling way below the speed limit when the accident happened. I was shocked and devastated.

"He was also a very good father and his daughter was his sweetheart. He even had her picture on his phone.

"It was very sad. His wife is still struggling to cope."

After the accident, the Richmond Cycling Campaign (RCC) group spoke out about the conditions of the roads within the Royal Park.

Tim Lennon, from RCC, said: "We do regularly hear about incidents in Richmond Park, whether involving cars, bicycles, or pedestrians, and we’re keen to work with the Royal Parks to understand the circumstances, and whether this has lessons to be learned for how we all use the park and its facilities."

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11:51am Tue 2 Sep 14

Mind the gap says...

Talk about kicking a family / friends when there're down. The gutter press puts the boot in and you pick up on it and follow like a sheep.
Talk about kicking a family / friends when there're down. The gutter press puts the boot in and you pick up on it and follow like a sheep. Mind the gap
  • Score: 44

12:27pm Tue 2 Sep 14

helen59 says...

cannot believe what I have just read. This man has died and you are bringing up his past - shame on you LAURA PROTO - chief reporter.
cannot believe what I have just read. This man has died and you are bringing up his past - shame on you LAURA PROTO - chief reporter. helen59
  • Score: 57

1:47pm Tue 2 Sep 14

balhamite says...

"Don't speak ill of the dead"...? Yes, it quite shocking that he died like that. However, he did some nasty things, got caught and had to live (and now die) with that choice he made. The reporter was just reporting this fact and leaving it up to us to make our own judgement about his character.
"Don't speak ill of the dead"...? Yes, it quite shocking that he died like that. However, he did some nasty things, got caught and had to live (and now die) with that choice he made. The reporter was just reporting this fact and leaving it up to us to make our own judgement about his character. balhamite
  • Score: -27

10:22pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Concerned_Resident says...

Yes, the comment about the flower smuggling is itself randomly smuggled into the article. However, it also reads a bit like an obituary and therefore would have a place if that's this article's purpose. It'd be like doing a life story for Jimmy Saville and omitting the fact that he was a predatory paedophile! Often, someone's worst aspects are their defining ones. Get over it.

RIP to Dr Lim. You led an interesting life.

And to the "friend" who is apparently blaming the speed limits (read what you will into his assertion)... You drive or ride to the road conditions and not the speed limit. I won't do anywhere near 70mph on the motorway if there is a monsoon.
Yes, the comment about the flower smuggling is itself randomly smuggled into the article. However, it also reads a bit like an obituary and therefore would have a place if that's this article's purpose. It'd be like doing a life story for Jimmy Saville and omitting the fact that he was a predatory paedophile! Often, someone's worst aspects are their defining ones. Get over it. RIP to Dr Lim. You led an interesting life. And to the "friend" who is apparently blaming the speed limits (read what you will into his assertion)... You drive or ride to the road conditions and not the speed limit. I won't do anywhere near 70mph on the motorway if there is a monsoon. Concerned_Resident
  • Score: -7

11:11pm Tue 2 Sep 14

edrandall says...

Not sure what the relevance of his house price is to the story, becoming rather a cliché.
Not sure what the relevance of his house price is to the story, becoming rather a cliché. edrandall
  • Score: 20

11:29pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Concerned_Resident says...

edrandall wrote:
Not sure what the relevance of his house price is to the story, becoming rather a cliché.
Agree that the house value being mentioned is weird.
[quote][p][bold]edrandall[/bold] wrote: Not sure what the relevance of his house price is to the story, becoming rather a cliché.[/p][/quote]Agree that the house value being mentioned is weird. Concerned_Resident
  • Score: 12

10:09am Wed 3 Sep 14

aspicer says...

Am shocked at the contents of this article.
According to Zoopla, the average asking price in charlwood drive is £1.677m - at only £750k, i guess it must be a flat.
Am shocked at the contents of this article. According to Zoopla, the average asking price in charlwood drive is £1.677m - at only £750k, i guess it must be a flat. aspicer
  • Score: 3

6:37pm Mon 8 Sep 14

andi22393 says...

This is supposed too be a post of condolences it dont matter how much his house cost or where they live, they are now alone without a father and husband, so people stop being ****ing and think of the family. Because it could of happened too one of you.
This is supposed too be a post of condolences it dont matter how much his house cost or where they live, they are now alone without a father and husband, so people stop being ****ing and think of the family. Because it could of happened too one of you. andi22393
  • Score: 1

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