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Nahid Islam: mother of teen cyclists killed in collision is still searching for answers

Coroner rules that schoolboy turned into path of motorbike

08 June, 2017 — By William McLennan

THE mother of a 15-year-old boy who was knocked from his bicycle and killed has spoken of her heartbreak after an inquest that she believes blamed her son for his own death.

Sultana Begum, whose son Nahid Islam died at the scene of a collision with a motorbike in Malden Road in December, said that she is left with unanswered questions at the end of the investigation into her son’s death.

Nahid’s death, on the day before his 16th birthday, sent shockwaves through communities across Camden. The teenager, who was studying for his GCSEs at Regent High School, grew up in King’s Cross and moved to Queen’s Crescent last year.

Speaking through an interpreter, Ms Begum told the New Journal that her agony had been compounded by the findings of the inquest.

“I’m feeling very stressed about everything,” she said. “I can’t sleep, I can’t eat or do anything. I’m scared to live in this house because everywhere I go I see Nahid.

“My mind is doing all sorts to me, I can’t concentrate without thinking of Nahid. I’m not working, because every time I go to work I think of Nahid. I’m scared to leave the house, because I have to go past that zebra crossing and every time I do it brings back a lot of memories of what happened.”

She said she was “very upset” that police had not been able to provide full CCTV footage of the collision.

Ms Begum said: “I’m angry they didn’t show us the full video of what happened to him. They blamed Nahid, but my son did nothing wrong. If there was evidence, why wasn’t it on the camera? I didn’t get any answers that I was hoping for.”

Coroner Mary Hassell ruled at the inquest on Thursday that “death arose from a road traffic collision when Nahid turned right just before a zebra crossing and collided with a motorcycle travelling behind him”.

She said that Nahid had not looked behind him, nor signalled before turning right, adding that he then “moved out so quickly that the motorbike rider behind him just couldn’t avoid collision”.

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