Police officer, 37, dies after being hit by van while cycling on dual carriageway

A police officer has been tragically killed when a van struck her while she cycled on a countryside dual carriageway.

Sergeant Lynwen Thomas, 37, died on the roadside after she was hit by the vehicle in rural Wales on Thursday evening.

Super-fit Lynwen was an experienced cyclist who had previously taken part in triathlons and a charity ride from John O’Groats to Lands End.

She worked as a heritage crime specialist at Dyfed Powys Police and was described as a “well-respected” officer.

Hundreds of devastated colleagues paid tribute to her by changing their Facebook profile pictures to a thin blue line.

One described her as a “lovely lady who would be greatly missed” while others remembered how generous Lynwen would “do anything for anyone”.

But tragedy struck when she was riding along the busy A40 road in Carmarthenshire near Bancyfelin.

The van driver was arrested and questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has since been released under investigation.

A force spokeswoman said: “With sadness we confirm the tragic loss of a member of the Dyfed-Powys Police family.

“Sergeant Lynwen Thomas was a well-respected serving officer who passed away following a collision yesterday.

“Our thoughts are with her loved ones, who ask for privacy at this difficult time.”

In a previous statement police told how they were investigating the tragedy near the village of Bancyfelin, near Carmarthen on Thursday evening.

Dyfed Powys Police said: “Officers responded to a collision involving a cyclist and a van on the A40 westbound near Bancyfelin at around 6:40pm.

“Tragically the female cyclist died at the scene. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.

“The driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and is currently in police custody.

“Enquiries into the circumstances of the collision are ongoing, and any witnesses are asked to come forward.”

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