‘The grieving is still raw’: Brother’s devastation over hit-and-run death
Abdul Hadi died in January 2018
13 February, 2020 — By Samantha Booth
THE brother of a cyclist who died following 18 months in a coma says justice has been served after a hit-and-run driver was convicted of attempting to hide the incident from the police.
Father-of-four Abdul Hadi, from Queen’s Crescent, was struck by a car after it went through a red light on Camden Road in January 2018.
Driver Angelo Kaminski fled and, with the help of family members, tried to cover his tracks by telling police his car had been stolen. But appearing in court, the 28-year-old pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice during the trial.
Mr Hadi’s brother Luthfur Rahman, who was at the hearing, said: “To be there in front of the suspects, it is a difficult experience, it’s hard for us to see them in front of us. But finally we are grateful to the jury that they understand the whole evidence provided by the police and they made their honest verdict.”
“Grieving is still raw – we lost our mother in March last year and my brother passed away four months later. The whole experience was devastating. What we feel is that my brother got justice, and that we hope we get the right sentence for the driver and his family involved.”
Wood Green Crown Court heard how Angelo was driving a black Renault Megane when he drove through a red light at around 11.35pm.
He collided with Mr Hadi, a chef who was cycling back from work, at the junction of Royal College Street before driving off, passing through another red light and abandoning the car in King’s Terrace, behind Camden High Street.
Mr Hadi was taken to the Royal London hospital with serious injuries, including a skull fracture, a bleed on the brain and a fractured pelvis. He lay in hospital on life support with his family and wife visiting his bedside for 18 months, with two birthdays passing, but never regained consciousness.
He died in July last year, aged 49. Mr Rahman, 44, said: “It was terrifying. As a family we didn’t give up. “It’s very natural – how can you let that person go away?”
He added: “Honestly we still feel like this happened yesterday. Time hasn’t moved on at all.”
Following the crash, Angelo was picked up by his 26-year-old cousin, Adrian Kaminski, from Edmonton, who drove to Stanstead Airport where they collected his father Grzegorz Kaminski, 47, and his brother Patryk Kaminski, 21, from Dudley in the West Midlands, who had flown in from Poland.
The Met said they “concocted” a story that the car Angelo had been driving had been stolen and reported this to Edmonton police station. They told officers they had spent time trying to find the stolen car before reporting it missing. A resident on King’s Terrace reported the abandoned and damaged car to the police, which had forensic evidence linking it to Angelo.
He was also found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, along with his three relatives.
All four are due to be sentenced tomorrow (Friday). Asked whether he could forgive them, Mr Rahman said: “I wish I could, I really wanted to, but it’s too soon to say that. We are all human beings. I can’t really say yet, I’m going to try my best to forgive them.”
And speaking about his brother, Mr Rahman added: “He was a great person, he was always supporting his children and family and he’s a very family person. “When he got a day off he would spend time with his children taking them out shopping.”
Detective Inspector Cheryl Frost, who led the investigation, said: “Angelo Kaminski drove through a red light and struck Abdul Hadi, leaving him with catastrophic injuries. Instead of stopping and trying to help Mr Hadi, he thought only about himself, fleeing the scene and then, along with his family members, instigating attempts to cover his tracks”
“I would like to thank the Hadi family for all their support throughout the investigation into this tragic incident which has left them deprived of a loving husband and father.”