‘I miss him so much’ – grief-stricken mum of Ilford crash victim pays tribute
PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 July 2015
A grief-stricken mum has paid tribute to her “fun-loving” son after he died in a car crash last week.
Rubina Mahmood, of Bengal Road, Ilford, said Hassan Sheikh, 21, was weeks away from graduating with a business degree.
“It’s very painful and things are very hard at the moment,” she said.
“He’s my son, he’s only 21 – he would have had his degree after three years of work – he worked so hard.
“We have no words, everyone is in shock.”
The student also worked with his dad Nasir at his fruit and veg business in New Spitalfields Market, Leyton.
“Everyone there knew him and they all liked him – he was a very helpful person,” said Rubina.
“I miss him so much.”
Family and friends from across the country mourned the loss of the “affectionate son” at his funeral yesterday.
Mourners paid their last respects to Hassan at the Ilford Islamic Centre, Albert Road, Ilford.
People filled the street as the casket arrived at the mosque.
Women sobbed as the hearse pulled up and rain started to fall after the casket was taken inside – as prayers were being recited.
Hassan was then taken to Waltham Forest Muslim Trust Cemetery, Folly Lane, Walthamstow, where he was buried.
Outside the mosque, a family friend from Luton said: “They’re a good family, everyone knows them. His mum is a very nice person.
“The word spread over social media and everyone has come down to pay their respects.”
Another friend of the family Mohammed Zamir, 69, of Bedford Road, Ilford, said the death had “shocked the whole community”.
“He was a very nice person, he was very close to his mother and father and he was very affectionate with them,” he said.
“There’s no words for it – he was great,” said Mohammed.
Chairman of League of British Muslims UK Bashir Chaudhry also knew the family.
He said: “It’s a very big loss, he was very young.”
The death comes after Hassan was driving towards London on the A13 when he was involved in a collision that resulted in his car crossing the central reservation into oncoming traffic near Ferry Lane, Rainham.
Police arrived at the scene just before 2pm on Wednesday last week, but despite ambulance crews’ best efforts to save him, Hassan died at 2.42pm.
An eyewitness, who was driving just behind Hassan’s car, went to help him and the passenger that was with him. He said other cars narrowly avoided colliding with them.
He added: “I stopped to see what I could do, but there was nothing to be done.
“The paramedics and air ambulance crew worked on him for a long time.”
A woman who was also driving behind, described seeing two people lying on either side of the central reservation.
She added: “It looked absolutely devastating.”
The passenger was taken to hospital and treated for a broken leg and pelvis.
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