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Passers-by try in vain to save man’s life after crash in Holloway

'I heard a smashing sound and the sliding of the bike. It was shocking. I can't believe someone has died.'

20 June, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

The scene in Holloway Road where a motorcyclist died this morning.

PASSERS-BY tried in vain to save a man’s life after his motorbike was involved in a crash with a lorry in Holloway this morning.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene after police and paramedics were called to Holloway Road near the junction with Hargrave Road at about 8:30am.

Gary Spall witnessed the collision and said that people ran over to try and keep the motorcyclist alive before the paramedics arrived.

The 58-year-old added: “I heard a smashing sound and the sliding of the bike. It was shocking. I can’t believe someone has died.

“About three or four people ran over and tried to revive him. Then the ambulance and police arrived about five minutes later.

“I just feel sorry for him. He probably left for work this morning, maybe he kissed his missus good-bye, now he is never going to see them again.”

Nick Christophorou, who runs a barbershop yards from where the incident happened, arrived as the paramedics tried to save the man.

He said: “It was horrible to see. Poor fella. I just feel sorry for his family.

“One woman told me she had tried to save him. She said she had done everything she could but it was a nasty accident.”

The man’s next of kin have been informed.

Traffic along Holloway Road is diverted from the junction at Hargrave Road to Elthorne Road. The lorry stopped at the scene.

A Met spokeswoman said: “Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating supported by local officers. One person has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. Inquiries are ongoing.”

A scene, cordons and road closures remain in place.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information is asked to contact police on 0208 246 9820 quoting CAD1829/20JUN or Tweet @MetCC.

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