Bottles of Cristal, Bollinger and Moët, along with the usual flowers, signal a new development in the tributes that have appeared at accident sites throughout England since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. This one is to a young father who died in Shoreditch, south Hackney, a popular hangout for Dalston bar-trekkers.
Jamie O’Sullivan, of Bethnal Green, was hit by a car in the early hours of Sunday 27 December last year. Staff at nearby shops told police that O’Sullivan ran into the road after a fight.
A stallholder said yesterday that, months after the accident young women and other acquaintances still visit the street shrine. “They stand there, weeping,” he said. One tribute reads: “Jamie O’Sullivan. Son, father, brother, friend and uncle. We all love you. Louise, Joynal and Tai.” Another says: “Jimbob. I know your watchin over us from above. We will see you again one day. RIP. Harley Boys.”
Police are treating O’Sullivan’s death as suspicious.
Anyone with information on the accident, aftermath or, uhm, pre-math, should phone the Specialist Crime Directorate incident room on 020 8345 1570 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.