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Woman ‘killed after collision with ELECTRIC BIKE in London’

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A 56-year-old woman killed by a cyclist who collided with her as she crossed the road is the first pedestrian in London to die after being struck by an electric-bike.

Sakine Cihan, was left fighting for her life following the crash in Dalston in Hackney on August 28 during rush hour. 

CCTV footage captured the distressing moment Ms Cihan was hit at a crossing by the cyclist on an e-bike, which has a top speed of around 15mph.

The Metropolitan Police said they believe it was the first such death to occur  

A 30-year-old was taken into custody at around 11pm on Wednesday, August 29, in connection with the incident after contacting police himself.

He was detained by the Met Police on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm as well as failing to stop and report a collision. He was subsequently released under investigation.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said: ‘The woman was taken to hospital where she sadly died’. Her next-of-kin have been informed. 

The cyclist fled the scene and ditched his bike, leaving the seriously injured woman lying in the street.

Police found his bike abandoned around a mile away in Stoke Newington, an area popular with young professionals and cyclists.

Last year, cyclist Charlie Alliston was jailed for 18 months at the Old Bailey for killing mother-of-two Kim Briggs while riding an illegal Olympic-style racing bike which had no front wheel brakes.

Alliston was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of causing bodily harm by ‘wanton and furious driving’.

A review designed to reflect public concern over safety on the roads has prompted MPs to consider introducing a new offence of causing death by careless or dangerous cycling. 

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