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Did you see anything? Son’s appeal after cyclist left in coma by hit-and-run driver

Father-of-four Abdul Hadi on life-support machine in hospital

16 January, 2018 — By William McLennan

Mr Hadi’s son Azhar at the scene

THE family of a cyclist who was left fighting for his life by a hit-and-run driver have appealed for readers of the New Journal to help track down the person responsible.

Abdul Hadi was on his way home from Grays Inn Road, where he works as a chef, when he was struck by a car at the junction of Camden Road and Royal College Street. The 47-year-old, who lives in Queens Crescent, suffered catastrophic injuries, including a fractured skull, and remains in hospital on a life-support machine. He is yet to regain consciousness.

The driver fled the scene and later abandoned the vehicle, a black Renault Laguna, in Kings Terrace, off Plender Street.

Abdul Hadi is fighting for his life

His family asked the New Journal to highlight the case and make sure it is not “brushed under the carpet” by police. Mr Hadi’s 20-year-old son, Azhar Ahmed, said: “If anyone did see, I want them to come forward. It’s had a big impact on my family. My mum’s going through the worst.”

His cousin, Muhammad Hussain, said: “Our lives are never going to be the same, but at least knowing that the person responsible for this is caught, may bring us some peace.We just want justice. We want this person to be caught, so that it doesn’t happen to anyone else. We don’t want this to happen to another family. ”

Members of the public came to Mr Hadi’s aid and he was taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, where he remains in a coma. He has a fractured skull, fractured knee and a broken pelvis.

“At the moment, without the machine he wouldn’t be alive,” Mr Hussain said. “He can’t breathe on his own.”

Mr Hussain added: “Accidents happen, but he left him today there and didn’t even bother trying to help him. That’s the worst part. He could have bled to death or another car could have run over him. Luckily there was a member of the public there who saw him and called the emergency services.”

He said the accident has rocked the entire family, adding: “It feels like we have lost a life. His life will never be the same again. I don’t think he’ll be able to work again, even if he survives this. We don’t know if he is going to be able to talk. He may wake up from his coma and not even recognise us. The doctors have given us the worse case scenario. He had a brain haemorrhage.”

Mr Hadid, whose family moved to the UK from Bangladesh, has lived in Queens Crescent for around 30 years.

His family said they believe he had been using the cycle path along Royal College Street, on his way home from work at the Little India restaurant.

His cousin said: “He’s a family man. He’s got four lovely kids and a beautiful wife.”

Anyone with information can call the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0208 991 9555 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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