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An Albanian cyclist Ermir Loka accused of running over and killing a hospital worker, Peter McCombie, told a court that he fled the crash site because he feared deportation.
Ermir Loka Age
Ermir Loka, 23, is said to have crossed a red light and hit Peter McCombie, 72, as the human resources manager was returning home from the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.
Mr. McCombie’s head hit the sidewalk with such force that it fractured his skull and damaged his brain.
He also suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs and bruised legs after the Bow Road collision on July 3 of last year.
McCombie was rushed to the hospital for treatment, but sadly died of his injuries eight days later, despite the valiant efforts of medical staff, Snaresbrook Crown Court learned Monday.
Evidence Loka claimed that he had two jobs and had only slept three hours a night in the week prior to the incident.
He said he worked from 8 a.m. at 5 p.m. at a construction site in Peckham, then worked nights at a Turkish restaurant in Gants Hill, finishing at 4.30 a.m.
Hugh Mullan, defending Loka, asked, “How long did you sleep each night?”
Loka replied, “About 3 hours in a 24 hour period.”
Mr. Mullan then asked, “How tired were you this afternoon?”
Loka replied, “To be honest, I was pretty tired, but it was the last day, we were going to finish and I had the weekend to rest.”
Mullan asked, “Since he started cycling in London, has he ever gone through a red light that I know of?”
Loka replied, “No, the first and foremost point is that it is a dangerous thing to do, which involves risks for you.
“It is also possible that someone is crossing the street and you can hit them, you could cause an accident and many other things.
“I didn’t deliberately go through the red lights.
“I saw that the person was frozen in place and tried to veer to the right, but I couldn’t instinctively copy what the rider in front of me had done, I just didn’t have time to do it.
“I tried to slow down but couldn’t bear them. I fell to the ground face down, for the next two or three seconds I was lying on the ground, I could not understand what had happened.
“Then I got up, looked to my left, I could see the man lying down, I could see that he had his eyes open and was wearing a mask.
“I had very little time to think about what to do, and to see that the accident had happened in the middle of the road, and that the police were there in 2 or 3 minutes and I stopped and found out that I was here illegally. .
“Thinking that it was not a serious accident with the police, hoping the gentleman was better, I decided to leave, I only had a few seconds to think about it, it was a split second decision.
“I did wrong, I did not do good, I was a coward, but what happened happened, what happened happened. I don’t blame Mr. McCombie. ”
Mr. Mullan asked, “Why didn’t you go see Mr. McCombie to check that he was okay?”
Loka replied: “I was in shock, I didn’t know how to react, how to touch him or talk to him, the only thing that came to mind was to leave.”
He added that he fled the scene because he believed that the police would discover that he was in the UK illegally.
He said that he did not see that Mr. McCombie’s head was bleeding after the collision.
After police released CCTV footage of Loka, a friend confronted him about the accident, the court heard. He turned himself in to the Leyton Police Station on July 28.
Loka, of Manor Road, Walthamstow, denies manslaughter and bodily harm caused by angry or abusive conduct, and the trial continues