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Woman, 44, dies of head injury after being hit by cyclist in Old Street

PUBLISHED: 12:13 09 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:28 09 March 2016

Tragedy: The scene of the crash in Old Street, pictured in a file image (Picture: Google StreetView)

Tragedy: The scene of the crash in Old Street, pictured in a file image (Picture: Google StreetView)

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A woman died two weeks after being hit by a cyclist as she crossed Old Street in Shoreditch.

"It was just the timing, if it was half a second later or earlier she wouldn’t have died, I don’t think."

Mario Assi, of The Reliance pub

The victim, understood to be a 44-year-old mother of two, was crossing the road outside The Reliance pub when a man on a bike rode into her.

She was taken to hospital in east London following the collision at 12.30pm on February 12, but died on February 25.

The cyclist stopped at the scene, which is near the junction with Charlotte Road. He was not arrested, but police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward so they can properly establish what happened.

The Reliance’s general manager Mario Assi, 45, told the Gazette: “She came from one of the shops, crossed the road and the next thing she is falling on the floor and the cyclist is falling as well. The cyclist got up but she didn’t move.

“I’ve known the area for years and you often get near misses with cyclists when crossing the road. It is so unfortunate. How often do you hear about a person getting hit by a bike and dying?

“The cyclist was so distressed and in such a bad way. He would have been going quite fast. It was just the timing, if it was half a second later or earlier she wouldn’t have died, I don’t think.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or the events surrounding it, is asked to contact police on 020 8597 4874 or via 101.

Do you know the woman who died? If you would like to leave a tribute in the Gazette, please call the Gazette news desk on 020 8477 3813 or e-mail sam.gelder@archant.co.uk.

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