The wife of a father of four and grandfather of two killed in a hit and run incident while cycling after a night shift early on Saturday morning has said that the driver involved should look at his body in the mortuary and reflect on their actions.
George Orrey died from multiple injuries at the scene of the incident, which took place at around 6.30am on Saturday on Gainsborough Road, Leytonstone after he was hit by a silver Peugeot 206 car, reports the London Evening Standard.
The 56-year-old, who lived near Penzance in Cornwall, was returning to his van from a night shift working as steel erector foreman on the skyscraper nicknamed the Cheesgrater that is being built on Leadenhall Street in the City of London.
His wife Elaine, said: “I am mad, furious. The driver should be made to stand in that mortuary and look at what they have done. Maybe then they will show some remorse, looking at what they have left on the side of the road.
“George had everything he needed for his bike. He was in a dangerous job and he did everything he could to be safe in that job, it was the same on his bike. If there was any time to get away from it he would have done but it was head on and he stood no chance.”
It was reported that Mr Orrey, who had nearly four decades’ experience in the construction industry and would regularly ride 20 miles a day on his bike, had only worked the night shift in question so he could take time off for a hospital appointment this week.
Police arrested three men in connection with the incident, aged 16, 18 and 19. Earlier this week, it was reported that the driver had fled the scene but was arrested with two others who had tried to get away on foot via Wanstead flats.
The three have been bailed until May, and officers are still appealing for witnesses to come forward, asking anyone who has information to call 020 8597 4874 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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.