Family of elderly pedestrian killed during bicycle hit and run plea for cyclist to hand himself in

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The family of Peter McCombie, the victim of a fatal hit-and run collision, have appealed for the cyclist involved in the incident to come forward and speak to police.

Officers were called at approximately 17:05hrs on Friday, 3 July to Bow Road, E3, near Thames Magistrates' Court, to reports of a collision involving a cyclist and a pedestrian.

The London Ambulance Service attended the scene and the pedestrian, 72-year-old Peter McCombie, was taken to hospital in a critical condition with serious head injuries.

He died in hospital on Saturday, 11 July.

The cyclist did not stop at the scene. No arrests have been made.

On Thursday, 16 July police released an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with this matter. Anyone who recognises this man is still encouraged to speak to police.

Detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) are investigating.

Christine, Peter’s sister, said: “It is hard to put into words the effect losing Peter has had on our family. It is incredibly difficult to process his death especially in these circumstances when we know that the person involved has not come forward.

“I would ask the cyclist personally, please speak to police. Please do the right thing, for Peter and our family. In our position I know you would want the same.”

Detective Inspector Julie Trodden, leading the investigation, said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident that has left a family devastated and the person responsible has still not yet come forward.

“This man cycled off from the scene, but from photos we can see he abandoned his cycle and then ran off. If anyone knows the location of this bike please tell us, it is vital evidence. Any information you can give, even if it is just the street where you saw him, could be crucial.

“I am also asking anyone who in the area at around 5pm on Friday, 3 July and who witnessed this collision, or the events immediately prior to and after the collision to contact the police.

“Finally, I continue to appeal directly to the cyclist involved – please come forward to assist this investigation but, more importantly, to provide answers to the victim’s family who are grieving the tragic loss of a loved one."

Any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage is asked to call police on 020 8597 4874 or 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote reference Cad 5779/03Jul.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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