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Police continue appeal for witnesses to incident in Leytonstone early on Saturday morning

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.

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cidermart [489 posts] 3 years ago
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In principle its a good idea however the little pricks need an ounce of remorse in their bodies. Very sad really.

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John G [55 posts] 3 years ago
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Stupid teenage boys - utterly clueless as to the potential damage a car can cause. It's like a video game to thenm. Education is the answer - regardless of how shocking this can be. Full marks to Mrs Orrey, a widow 20-odd years before her time for pointing this out. Utter respect to her for saying this and profound sympathy for her family's loss.

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Mostyn [396 posts] 3 years ago
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20, years in prison, would be too good for the three little stoogies. The young driver should be made to pay for his actions

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maldin [136 posts] 3 years ago
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Given that they have already fled the scene of the accident, what gives the authorities the belief that they will appear in court? Why grant bail when they are clealy at risk of not appearing!?

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mrmo [2076 posts] 3 years ago
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sad those it is, the only way they are going to get a meaningful sentance is if the car they were driving was stolen. The sentence will be for the theft not the death.

I guess it reflects how little value there is to human life in this a "developed country", and we have the cheek to accuse the chinese of crimes against the environment etc.

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phax71 [287 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm a non car driver, I should start by stating that .. I have no interest whatsoever in passing a test, buying a car, spending stupid amounts of cash to fund endless wars, etc .. (Oops, I'm off on one now..:) )

My belief is that there are WAY TOO MANY cars on the road already and it's only getting worse.

Personally, I think 17 is too young for first time drivers, I'd like to see it raised to 21 (this will be unpoular, so shoot me down now) ..

I just feel there's way too much immaturity in teenagers (not all of them of course) to be given something so powerful and potentially dangerous.

Just my opinion ..

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frankie1979 [4 posts] 3 years ago
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I am the eldest daughter of Mr Orrey and I would just like to thank you everyone for their comments. My dad was a very safety concious man, he had to be with his job. He had everything possible for his bike, there was no cost spared when it came to his bike and equipment it was his first love we always said to him. It is such a difficult time for us all at the moment made worse by teenage scumbags who can't even admit what they have done. My dad has lost his life at a time he was starting to enjoy everything he has worked so hard for. We will miss him so very much. I just wish we could rely on the justice system to make sure these kids pay but we can't.

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mrmo [2076 posts] 3 years ago
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@phax21, i agree to a point, but if you live outside an urban area, or even in many urban areas, no car, no chance of getting to work as there will be no bus service and whilst some people will ride 15-20miles to get to work, (me included) i wouldn't expect anyone to be forced to use country roads for long cycle commutes. (although there are pros to forcing drivers to cycle.)

But as a compromise i would suggest that young drivers are severly restricted on what and when they can drive, compulsary black boxes, no passengers etc etc.

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 3 years ago
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it's very sad that the stupidly lax laws in this country leads a widow to ask this question. I don't think it would do anything to the accused, or affect them in any way. Doubt it somehow. Bloody kids. Unfortunately. 20 years in the slammer at least might do something.

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HKCambridge [222 posts] 3 years ago
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mrmo wrote:

@phax21, i agree to a point, but if you live outside an urban area, or even in many urban areas, no car, no chance of getting to work as there will be no bus service and whilst some people will ride 15-20miles to get to work, (me included) i wouldn't expect anyone to be forced to use country roads for long cycle commutes. (although there are pros to forcing drivers to cycle.)

But that's exactly the same argument that people use when they should be banned from driving but claim inconvenience, sorry, hardship.

Driving is a privilege, not a right. Maybe there would be better transport alternatives if more people understood that.

Wasn't there recently a study saying driving was 5 times more dangerous for men 17-20 than cycling?

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Carl [137 posts] 3 years ago
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It will once again be a case of the law not giving a fuck about the death of a cyclist. We need to start getting angry with MPs and the CPS, which will doubtless default to the lowest possible charge its fuckwit staff think they will stick, which of course will be plea bargained down to an insult(thus saving the CPS's fuckwits some effort in court).

Our laws are crap and the people who prosecute them are morons.

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Carl [137 posts] 3 years ago
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@frankie1979 we are all deeply sorry for your loss. There are no words to make this better. Be strong.

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jollygoodvelo [1422 posts] 3 years ago
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Awful story.

I know that road and people frequently drive like idiots on it.

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gazzaputt [215 posts] 3 years ago
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So they flee the scene of a fatal accident and then get bail????

WTF is that about? They should put straight on remand and at least there they may contemplate their actions.

No they'll swanning around now and then get the customary slap on the wrist when they eventually get to court.

Horrid thing to say but it will take a high profile death to make any change to they way cases like these are dealt with.

RIP and my sincere condolences to you frankie1979.

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dullard [140 posts] 3 years ago
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@frankie1979

I echo Carl's comments and can only offer condolences to you and your family and the hope that these parasites, who will never come anywhere near close to being the man your father clearly was, suffer for what they've done either under the criminal justice system (as you say, unlikely) or otherwise.

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mrmo [2076 posts] 3 years ago
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@HKCambridge, a similar argument i grant, but i start from the idea that if you do wrong then you should loose your licence permenantly no excuses. But if you haven't done anything wrong and can show you are safe then you should be allowed to drive.

With schooling compulsary to 18 now should the drive limit be raised? But i do think that you should be allowed to drive after passing a proper test, including motorway, urban, how to deal with horses, cyclists,a minimum number of supervised hours, etc. and after passing you should be subject to a number of restrictions.

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bfslxo [144 posts] 3 years ago
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Frankie1979 - deepest condolences to your mother & all your siblings for your lost - I hope you can only have happy memories after your pain eases

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PJ McNally [591 posts] 3 years ago
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Frankie1979 - all our sympathy to you at the moment.

Please make sure the police, and the CPS, understand that you want this taken seriously. That a charge of death by "careless" driving won't do. That your father deserves better. They should seek the victim (or relatives') wishes prior to making any decision about prosecution. Please stand up for your dad and for all cyclists.

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frankie1979 [4 posts] 3 years ago
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Thank you to everyone for their comments.My Dad was an amazing man and my rock all my life. He was due to retire soon and start to enjoy the things he has worked all his life for. We will fight every step of the way to make sure these heartless idiots are bought to justice somehow. I have never understand hit and runs that is obviously because I have a heart. The law in this country disgusts me and I can honest say I am ashamed to be british!!!! R.I.P Dad our love forever xx