The driver of the black taxi who sadly lost his life as a result of a horrific collision on the A13 has been named as Ruşit Ataoğlu according to sources in North Cyprus.
Two people died in the collision which happen in the early hours of New Years Eve. The other victim, a woman in her 70’s, was the driver of the other vehicle involved in the incident. The unnamed woman was travelling on the eastbound carriageway in the wrong direction when it collided with the taxi.
The driver of the black taxi was reported as Ruşit Ataoğlu according to North Cypriot sources. The 40-year-old man was a taxi proprietor and mechanic and not a licensed cabbie as first reported. Mr Ataoğlu was a director at Mister Taxi in the Bethnal Green area.
Many cab drivers and fellow industry workers have expressed their condolences. Michael Glassman, owner of nearby taxi garage Colts Cabs said via Twitter “Sad to hear of the fatality on the A13 whether it be a driver or any person. It now turns out to be a taxi proprietor round the back of Three Colts Lane... RIP brother.”
A Crowdfunder has been set up to help the family of Mr Ataoğlu who leaves a wife and two children. For more details visit the site here.