Police have a arrested a man following the death of a 32-year-old cyclist after a hit-and-run crash on Monday night in East London involving a suspected joyrider racing along a major road
The 21 year old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and for and failing to stop at the scene of a collision - police confirmed that he was the driver of the car they believe was involved in the incident. He has been interviewed by police officers and bailed to a date in mid-January.
According to the police the driver of another car, who witnessed the collision, has also provided them with a detailed statement.
The male rider was hit near the junction of Commercial Road (the A13) and Cavell Street at about 10pm on Monday November 24.
He was taken to an east London hospital, but later died of his injuries.
The Evening Standard reports that the victim has been named locally as Asaad Ahmed, a primary school teacher and father of two.
Mr Ahmed was making his way home when he was hit by what is believed to be a white VW Golf. The driver then sped off.
Police are still hunting the driver of the car, who was seen racing another driver along the A13 moments before the collision.
A resident of the area told the Standard: “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.”
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.”
A Metropolitan police spokesman said: "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."
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath on 0208 597 4874 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.