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Pothole reportedly caused crash in which e-bike rider died

Algert Ileshi sustained fatal head injuries in incident in Ashford, Kent

A pothole is reported to be the cause of a crash that resulted in the death of an e-bike rider in Ashford, Kent.

Algert Ileshi, aged 31 and who lived in Kilburn, north-west London, came off his bike in Beaver Road, Ashford, last Wednesday evening between 2155 and 2205, reports Kent Online.

He sustained serious head injuries in the crash, and while he regained consciousness afterwards, he passed away in a London hospital three days later.

Alfie Gent, who witnessed the crash, said that Mr Ileshi was thrown forward when he hit the pothole, which has subsequently been filled in.

Tributes to Mr Ileshi have been left at the scene, which his family visited yesterday morning.

A spokeswoman for Kent Police said that “establishing what caused the accident will be part of our ongoing inquiries.”

In particular, officers want to speak to anyone who may have seen the cyclist prior to the crash, and to a woman who stopped at the scene and was driving what was described as a small, white car.

Anyone who has information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference SL/47/21.

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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