The partner of a cyclist killed in London earlier this year is appealing for witnesses to come forward as she pursues a claim for compensation against the operators of the lorry involved to help pay for the care of their infant daughter.
Peter McGreal, aged 44, died four days after he was hit by the lorry in Bethnal Green Rode at 8.30am on June 21 as he rode from his home in Walthamstow to his work as a graphic designer at London Metropolitan University’s Aldgate campus, where he was also a trade union representative.
His death left his partner, Amanda Baker, alone to care for their two-year-old daughter, reports the London Evening Standard.
The fatal collision took place at the junction of Hackney Road and Pritchard’s Road. The driver failed to stop but was subsequently traced by police and arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driver. He was released on bail and is due to return to a police station in East London next month.
Michelle Sutton of Fentons Solicitors LLP, which is acting for Mr McGreal’s family, said that they still did not have a complete understanding of how the incident had unfolded.
"If we are to secure the future care of the couple's daughter, we urgently need witnesses to come forward with their description of what happened,” she explained.
“Peter's family are still suffering the aftermath of losing their loved one. We are hoping people will come forward and help us to secure the help they need right now and also in the future."
Anyone who has information regarding the incident is asked to contact Michelle Sutton at Fentons Solicitors LLP on 0161 238 6408 or michelle.sutton [at] fentons.co.uk (via email).
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.