Motorcyclist killed in A12 Newbury Park crash named as TfL reaffirms its commitment to increasing road safety
PUBLISHED: 13:34 01 June 2017
A motorcyclist that died following a crash on the A12 last week has been named, as activists call for greater safety measures to be introduced on the road.
Waseem Akhtar, 24, an off-licence worker and mechanic from Manor Park, died on Wednesday last week after he collided with a cyclist on an eastbound stretch of Eastern Avenue in Newbury Park.
Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.
A Met spokesman said: “The motorcyclist, a 24-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have now been informed.
“A post-mortem examination has since concluded he died of multiple injuries.”
The cyclist he collided with, a man in his 40s, was taken to an east London hospital and has since been discharged.
Mr Akhtar became the latest in a long list of motorcyclists to fall foul of the dangerous road.
Just a day before Mr Akhtar’s death, another cyclist was seriously injured in a crash at the junction with Quebec Road.
In January this year a 52-year-old biker died after being hit by a car at the junction with Studley Drive just before Redbridge Roundabout.
And in March the Recorder reported how Newbury Park residents had petitioned Transport for London (TfL) for greater safety measures for pedestrians at one of the area’s “death trap” junctions.
David Angelou, a biker who lives in Newbury Park, has repeatedly called for drivers on the A12 to pay greater heed to motorcyclists on the road.
He said: “It’s becoming far too regular, particularly on the residential stretches of road, for bikers to be risking their lives and facing nasty crashes.
“The problem is that, even in times of heavy congestion and traffic jams, some drivers aren’t checking their mirrors enough.
“Something needs to be done to make those turnings safer – for everyone.”
Nigel Hardy, TfL’s head of roadspace management sponsorship, said: “Any death or serious injury on our roads is a tragedy and our thoughts are with the friends and families of those affected.
“We are assisting the police with their investigations to understand the circumstances surrounding these collisions.
“We are committed to road danger reduction and are implementing a ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road safety across London.”