Man arrested following east London cyclist death

Assad Ahmed, 32 (Photo: Facebook)

A man has been arrested after a cyclist was knocked down and killed by a racing car through east London.

The primary school teacher – named locally as Asaad Ahmed – was struck as he made his way home on Monday night.

A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

He has been bailed until mid-January.

The man arrested was the driver of the car that failed to stop at the scene, police said.

A driver of another car, who witnessed the collision, has provided a detailed statement to police.

Witnesses said the driver of the car then sped off, leaving the 32-year-old father-of-two in the road.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital following the collision at just after 10pm, but doctors could not save him and he later died.

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Nasher Ahmed, 52, a taxi driver, who lives nearby, saw the incident unfold.

He said: “He was trying to cross the road on his bike when he was hit by the car that was racing the other.

“He was a real nice guy and had two young children, it’s very sad. He was just on his way home.

“His wife and brother went to hospital with him in the ambulance.

“As soon as the driver hit the cyclist he just did a U-turn and drove away. He didn’t even stop.”

Police at the scene on Commercial Road (Photo: London Evening Standard)
Police at the scene on Commercial Road (Photo: London Evening Standard)

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: “You get people racing each other all the time along here. It’s a really dangerous road at night.

“It was inevitable that something like this would happen.”

On Tuesday morning, family members gathered at the home he shared with his wife to mourn their loss.

His brother Akthar told of the family’s grief, saying: “It’s so raw still.”

Neighbour Nahim Ahmed, 22, added: “He was a good person, caring and a great father. He had a new born son and a young daughter, who he really doted on.

“He was really part of the community, just a really good guy.”

The crash happened at on Commercial Road at the junction with Cavell Street, just outside a Holiday Inn, five minutes from Mr Ahmed’s house.

A section of the A13 was closed for two hours while police examined the scene.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating.

A police spokeswoman said the deceased man’s next of kin had been informed on the night of the incident and officers are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

She said: “Officers were called at 10.08pm to reports of a car being in collision with a cyclist.

“The vehicle that collided with the victim is believed to have been racing with another car when the incident occurred.

“A 32-year-old, male cyclist was in collision with a car that did not stop at the scene.

“The injured man was taken to an east London Hospital where he later died.

“A car that was suspected of being involved in the collision has been located but officers would still like to hear from any witnesses to the incident.”

A post-mortem examination will take place on Thursday at Poplar mortuary, in east London.

The Metropolitan Police are examining CCTV footage and appealing for any witnesses to come forward. They are also requesting that everyone reads this road safety guide for cyclists. Accidents involving cyclists and vehicles is on the rise, and it is so important people take care, and do everything possible to prevent accidents like this happening.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0208 597 4874 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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