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Cafe workers help man stuck under moped after hit-and-run in Clerkenwell

'I ran over to take the motorcycle off of him because I was sure he was in pain'

20 August, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Tysoe Street cordoned off last night after the “deliberate” hit-and-run

CAFE workers rushed to lift a motorbike off a man after he was mowed down in a suspected hit-and-run attack last night.

A car was driving down Tysoe Street, Clerkenwell, when it suddenly circled around and crashed into a moped driver, witnesses said.

Antzela Osmenai was working in the Briki Cafe when she heard a loud “bang” and saw the car drive off, stop for a moment while one of the passengers opened the door to look back at the moped driver before the car then sped off towards Amwell Street.

She said: “I ran over to take the motorcycle off of him because I was sure he was in pain. I shouted at other people to get the car’s registration plate.

“He wasn’t moving so we tried to call the ambulance. There was a doctor there and she really helped. There was some blood on his face and he definitely had a lot of pain in his back and pelvis.”

She added: “For sure they were after him.”

Police were called at about 5:30pm to reports of the collision.

The moped rider, aged 27, was taken to hospital by paramedics where his condition has been assessed as non-life-threatening.

A police spokesman said: “The car involved is believed to have fled the scene. At this early stage in the investigation, it is believed the car was deliberately driven at the moped.”

A cordon was put in place last night but the road has since reopened.

Tassos Katsikogiannis, who also works as a barista in Brika, said: “We all believe it was on purpose.

“They came from one direction and when they see him they came back and they hit him and just runoff.”

No one has been arrested.

If you know the driver or saw what happened contact the Tribune on 0207 419 9000

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