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Family pay tribute to restaurant owner, 25, killed in Kentish Town motorcycle crash

Adrian Cheung, owner of Kami Japanese restaurant, was an "amazing and caring" person

10 September, 2018

Adrian Cheung with his son Oliver and partner Adelina

The family of a new father killed in a motorcycle accident in Kentish Town have praised the “community spirit” of people who rushed to his aid.

Adrian Cheung was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision in Kentish Town Road on Friday evening, despite the best efforts of bystanders and paramedics.

The 25-year-old, who ran Kami Japanese restaurant in Fortess Road, was riding along a stretch of road that he had travelled on hundreds of times when he swerved to avoid a cyclist and was thrown from his bike.

His brother Steven said: “The local community came out and supported him immediately. The hairdresser came out, the woman from the restaurant, the whole London community spirit rushed to save him. All the different barriers, different religion and culture, it was just one human being to another trying to offer whatever help they could.

“It was really touching. Despite how tragic it was, it was really touching for myself and my family to see people were trying to save him.”

Mr Cheung has a seven-month-old son, Oliver, with his partner Adelina Hodosan. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help support the young family.

Another of Mr Cheung’s brothers, Calvin, who set up the page, said: “Olly was his pride and joy. Before he died he said ‘I just want to be the best dad, I want to be someone my son looks up to’.

“He had big aspirations for his son and he was working hard to turn his dream into a reality.”


Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the accident

He added: “Anyone who knew Adrian knew what an amazing and caring person he was. Losing Adrian has turned our lives upside down and nothing will ever replace the hole my brother left.”

Steven said: “He worked really hard to support his family.  They are really trying to build a life for themselves. He had so many aspirations and dreams. They were thinking to get married just before Christmas. All those dreams and plans are just shattered overnight and it’s really hard to believe my brother is gone.”

Mr Cheung grew up in Chingford. His mother is from the Philippines and his father from Hong Kong.

“It’s nice to find out he made a difference to a lot of peoples’ lives in the local community,” Steven said.

“For me and my little brother he was always this annoying brat, but for other people, he really tried to inspire people and make other people happy in his own way.

“We were very proud of the opportunity we had in the UK. Not just a proud English person, but a proud Londoner and we really feel like we have to give back to the community that has given us so much.”

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