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Taxi driver could help police investigating hit-and-run that put cyclist in coma

Chef left for dead after being knocked off bike in Camden Road

29 January, 2018 — By William McLennan

The driver of this vehicle could help family’s hunt for justice

Detectives believe a taxi driver can help them find the person who left a father-of-four fighting for his life after a hit-and-run crash.

Police have released an image of the taxi that had to swerve to avoid the suspect car as it hurtled the wrong way down Plender Street, Camden Town, after knocking 47-year-old Abdul Hadi from his bike.

The chef was cycling from work to his family home in Queen’s Crescent at 11:30pm on January 10, when he was hit by a car in Camden Road, at the junction with Royal College Street.


Mr Hadi worked at a restaurant in Gray’s Inn Road

He suffered catastrophic issues, including a fractured skull, and remains in hospital on a life-support machine.

The driver fled the scene and later abandoned the vehicle, a black Renault Laguna, in Kings Terrace, off Plender Street.

Mr Hadi’s 20-year-old son, Azhar Ahmed, said: “If anyone did see, I want them to come forward. It’s had a big impact on my family. My mum’s going through the worst.”


Mr Hadi’s son, Azhar

Police said in a statement: “Just after the collision, the suspect vehicle drove into Plender Street, entering the one-way street from the wrong direction.

“There, the vehicle nearly collided with a [taxi] who had to take a sharp turn to avoid contact. The cab then turned right into Bayham Street.”

It is believed the taxi is a Mercedes Vito or similar vehicle.

Mr Hadi’s cousin, Muhammad Hussain, said the crash had had a huge impact on the family, adding: “Our lives are never going to be the same, but at least knowing that the person responsible for this is caught, may bring us some peace.We just want justice. We want this person to be caught, so that it doesn’t happen to anyone else. We don’t want this to happen to another family. ”
Describing his cousin’s injuries, he said: “I don’t think he’ll be able to work again, even if he survives this. We don’t know if he is going to be able to talk. He may wake up from his coma and not even recognise us. The doctors have given us the worse case scenario. He had a brain haemorrhage.”

If you witnessed the collision or have any information about the vehicle involved, the vehicle pictured or anything that may assist the investigation, call the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0208 991 9555, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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