Four killed and one critically injured in ‘disturbing and tragic’ spate of collisions across London in just 22 hours

Four Londoners have been killed and one has been critically injured in a spate of collisions across London in just 22 hours.

Between December 17 and 18, five serious collisions across London have occurred which have led to the deaths or serious injury of those involved.

Four fatal collisions in Cricklewood, Northolt, Southall and Chadwell Heath led to the deaths of two pedestrians and two motorcyclists, while another motorcyclist was critically injured in Bromley.

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In Cricklewood, police were called at 4:39am on Friday (December 17) to a collision on Edgware Road in the vicinity of Cricklewood Bus Garage.

A motorcyclist, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene although at this stage, it does not appear that any other vehicle was involved.

In Northolt, police were called at 7:45pm on Friday to an incident where a bus had collided with a pedestrian in Mandeville Road.

The pedestrian, a 16-year-old boy, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bus driver stopped at the scene and no arrests have been made.

In Chadwell Heath, police were called to reports of a collision between a car and motorcyclist on Hainault Road at 9:21pm on Friday.

The driver and passenger of the car, a grey Audi TT, made off on foot and urgent police enquiries are underway to trace them.

The vehicle has not been reported lost or stolen and no arrests have been made at this stage.

In Southall, police were called to a critically injured man in West Avenue near the junction with Carlyle Avenue at 1:55am this morning (December 18).

The man, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this stage, officers believe the man had been struck by a vehicle which did not stop.

Police have launched an urgent investigation to establish the circumstances of the man’s death.

As well as the four fatal collisions, a motorcyclist is currently in critical condition following a collision in Bromley.

Police were called to an incident on Masons Hill, Bromley at 7:25pm yesterday where a collision had occurred between a car and a motorcyclist.

The motorcycle rider, 28, was taken to hospital where his condition has been determined to be life-threatening.

The driver of the car stayed at the scene of the incident and no arrest has been made.

None of the collisions are believed to be linked.

Commenting on the incidents, Chief Inspector Lora John of the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command said: “Each of these incidents is being investigated separately by dedicated officers.

“The circumstances in each case are different and none of the collisions are believed to be directly linked.

“However, the overall picture is disturbing and tragic.

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“My thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives.

“They will be supported by specialist police officers in the difficult days and months ahead.

“In two of the incidents, drivers did not remain at the scene.

“Urgent enquiries are under way to trace them.

“The Met is committed to working with partners and the public to ensure that London’s roads are safe for everyone.

“Days like these are challenging and upsetting, demonstrating clearly how much needs to be done by all of us to stop this needless loss of life.”

Appealing for witnesses, Chief Inspector John continued: “Extensive investigative work is under way, which includes forensic examination of scenes and analysis of CCTV.

“Each of these separate investigations will be thorough and painstaking.

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“In addition, the accounts of witnesses and information from members of the public are crucial, especially in those cases where drivers have not remained at scenes.

“It is vital also that any evidence from dashcams or other devices is made available to police.

“Please do get in touch if you can assist these investigations.

“Or if you wish to remain anonymous, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers.”

Those who are able to assist the police in their investigations, have dashcam footage or were witnesses to the incidents are asked to call the police on 020 8246 9820 and quote the following references:

  • Cricklewood: call 020 8246 9820 and quote ref 882/17dec

  • Northolt: call 020 8246 9820 and quote ref 6587/17dec

  • Chadwell Heath: call 020 8597 4874 and quote ref 7301/17dec

  • Southall: call 101 and quote ref 662/18DEC

  • Bromley: call 101 and quote ref 6405/17Dec

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