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Pedestrian killed in A12 crash died after leaving morning prayers at Redbridge Islamic Centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:28 14 April 2016

To the left Redbridge Islamic Centre, where Mohammad Muqtadir had been praying before he was killed in a collision with a car at the crossing of the A12. Photo: Google

To the left Redbridge Islamic Centre, where Mohammad Muqtadir had been praying before he was killed in a collision with a car at the crossing of the A12. Photo: Google

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The man killed in a collision in the A12 on Thursday morning has been named locally as Mohammad Muqtadir.

He died at around 6am after leaving morning prayers at Redbridge Islamic Centre, near the junction with Ellesmere Gardens.

Mr Muqtadir, reportedly in his 70s, was believed to have been walking towards his house in Castle Drive, Redbridge, when he was involved in a “serious collision” with a car.

Emergency services were called but Mr Muqtadir was pronounced dead at the scene at 6.40am.

The driver stopped at the scene. No arrests have been made.

Mustafa Uddin, Mr Muqtadir’s son, told the Recorder: “We are still trying to come to terms with it.”

A prayer was held for Mr Muqtadir at the East London Moque, Whitechapel, on Tuesday, and he was buried in the Gardens of Peace Cemetery, Elmbridge Road, Hainault, later the same day.

Sheila Habib, a friend of the Muqtadir family, described the victim as a “lovely man”.

She said: “He reminded me of my own father, he was very well liked by everyone and was an excellent father and grandfather.”

Abu Khayar, president of Redbridge Islamic Centre, commented: “He was a very committed person and Muslim, he would come to prayers five times a day.

“He was quiet, he did not engage in any silliness, he will be missed.”

Residents of Eastern Avenue (A12) reacted in shock to the news.

One neighbour said: “Apparently he’d been at morning prayers at the mosque, came out and just got hit as he tried to cross.

“To be honest I don’t know how it happened, because it’s a long, straight road, and at half six it’s not that busy.”

Sachin Sharma told the Recorder: “It happened early in the morning, and when I woke up the tent was already set up in the road.

“The police were everywhere, and the car that had hit the poor man was just waiting down the road, he had stopped and waited for the police.”

Enquiries remain ongoing.

Would you like to leave a tribute for Mr Muqtadir? Email ralph.blackburn@archant.co.uk or call our news desk on 0208 477 3821.


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