Tragedy as cyclist dies after bus collision

Fresh calls for segregated lanes following death of 50-year-old

Friday, 22nd April — By Isabelle Stanley

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A CYCLIST has died after being hit by a bus in a late-night collision over the bank holiday weekend.

Abrajah Rafiq was found seriously injured in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, in the early hours of Saturday.

He had been in a collision with a No 476 bus, which was out of service at the time with no customers on board.

Paramedics treated the 50-year-old at the scene before he was rushed to hospital where he died yesterday (Thursday).

Mr Rafiq was from Stamford Hill – his family have been informed.

The driver of the bus was unharmed and no arrests have been made. Police last night appealed for information, or anyone who may have dash-cam footage of the incident to come forward.

Eidilh Murray, from Cycle Islington, said: “It’s just such a tragedy that somebody else has to die on the roads – trying to do the right thing by cycling. It’s just so desperately sad.”

Two-hundred-and-thirteen cyclists were injured in collisions in Islington in 2020 according to the latest data from TfL.

Ms Murray said: “The area around Old Street – the Clerkenwell Boulevard – is particularly bad in Islington – two women have lost limbs there. We’ve done two big protests there and they still haven’t made the changes.”

She added “We need proper segregated cycling lanes so that people of all ages can cycle safely. A start has been made but we need to do a lot more, especially on our main roads. Holloway Road, for example, is horrible.”

The Met Police said in a statement: “Officers were called by London Ambulance Service at 00.29 hours on Saturday, April 16. A bus was reported to have been in collision with a cyclist. Officers attended, the cyclist was found seriously injured.”

It added: “He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital, where he died on April 21.”

The investigation is being led by detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0208 246 9820 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote CAD 162/16APR.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org

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