Noticeboards up days after accident
‘Cyclist did not try to stop’ say police
Doubts are developing about the pace of the police investigation into an accident in Graham Road that resulted in a cyclist being so badly injured she had to be put in a coma to be treated.Loving Dalston has established that though police interviewed people at the scene of the accident, which also involved a black cab, a comprehensive doorknock of residents who may have seen it has not been made. The police used news media to ask anyone with information to phone 020 8345 4912. On Monday 9 August Loving Dalston asked the police why noticeboards appealing for witnesses were not placed at the scene. Residents have told Loving Dalston that noticeboards were placed there the next day.
The accident happened on Thursday 5 August 2010 at around midday.Police told a journalist that the victim, Arina Romanova, 24, of Amhurst Road, Dalston, was cycling south in Navarino Road without a helmet on a fold-up bike and that investigators believe she did not stop at Graham Road but rode into the path of a cab going west at about 20mph. She fell under the vehicle.
Detective Sergeant Joe Lock told the reporter: “It does not seem she was riding erratically but it would appear she did not even attempt to stop at the junction, so there may have been some distraction for her.”
There is no stop sign at Graham Road for cyclists travelling south in Navarino Road. Romanova came to London a few months ago from Latvia to work near Liverpool Street station.The Royal London in Whitechapel, the hospital treating her, would not comment today on why a coma was induced in Romanova. Barbiturate comas, as they termed, are sometimes used to protect the brain during neurosurgery.
Police have made every effort to help and console family members of Romanova. They came to London as soon as they could and were met on arrival by a specially trained officer. They are staying in Hackney.
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