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Cyclist rode through red light before killing pedestrian, court told

Prosecution says Ermir Loka would have had “ample time” to react to lights changing

A cyclist who rode through a red traffic light before crashing into a pedestrian who died from serious head injuries sustained in the crash would have had “ample time” to react to the light changing, a court has been told.

Peter McCombie, aged 73, died in hospital eight days after the collision on Bow Road, close to Thames Magistrates’ Court, on the afternoon of Friday 3 July last year.

Ermir Loka, aged 23 and from Leyton, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving, reports BBC News.

Snaresbrook Crown Court was told by Deanna Heer, prosecuting, that Loka had been “cycling with a degree of purpose” prior to the crash happened.

She said that he had overtaken other riders as he approached a pedestrian crossing where Mr McCombie, who was travelling home from his work as a hospital administrator, was waiting to cross the road.

Despite the lights having been “on red for over five seconds,” she said that Loka, whom she insisted would have had “ample time” to react to lights changing, continued riding and crashed into Mr McCombie at a speed estimated at 15mph.

“As he lay on the road, bleeding and unconscious, the defendant – who had also fallen down – picked up his bike and cycled away, leaving others to call an ambulance for Mr McCombie,” she continued.

Following the crash, Loka abandoned his bike and fled the scene, which Ms Heer said was because he was “in a panic” due to his immigration status.

Following a second appeal by the Metropolitan Police, he went to a police station on 28 July and was charged the same day.

The trial continues.

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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