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Cyclist hit-and-run sparks anger among Highbury neighbours

56-year-old woman suffered a head injury after she was knocked off her bike by a car which then sped off

27 September, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Residents in Fieldway Crescent say their street has become a rat-run since Highbury Corner was revamped

A HIT-and-run in Highbury has sparked fury from neighbours who say they have warned the council for months that the road has become a dangerous rat-run.

A 56-year-old woman suffered a head injury on Saturday evening after she was knocked off her bike by a car which then sped off. The incident took place just hours before Fieldway Crescent was due to be closed to vehicles for Car Free Day.

For many residents the irony was too painful and they are demanding that the council take drastic action.

Ian Kelly, who has lived in Fieldway since 1972, said: “It is endless traffic down this road following the reordering of Highbury Corner.

“Huge lorries are coming up and down all day and they’re taking blind corners. It was only a matter of time before an accident happened. We are battling with the council to sort this out.”

Emergency services workers after the incident on Saturday

Many sat-nav systems are now directing drivers who want to get onto Holloway Road from Highbury Fields to go down Fieldway Crescent as a way of avoiding Highbury Corner which does not allow them to turn right.

Andrea Michell, who was among the residents who rushed outside on Saturday night after the cyclist was hit at about 10.30pm, said: “Lots of cars, unfortunately, go quite fast down this road.

“I have lived here for 27 years, and for a long time it wasn’t so bad.

“But in the last three years it has become worse with delivery vans and trucks. Then not being able to turn onto Holloway Road at Highbury Corner made a big difference.”

She added: “I feel sorry for this woman. I hope she is OK. It was a horrific accident.”

Cllr Claudia Webbe, executive member for environment and transport, said: “It would be wrong to claim the council is not committed to addressing concerns with the junction at Fieldway Crescent and Highbury Crescent, particularly since the public and ward councillors have already been consulted and works are set to begin shortly.”

She added: “The area surrounding Fieldway Crescent could be a good place to start our ambitious programme of rebalancing local roads and neighbourhoods in favour of people.”

The police are still hunting the driver.

Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting 8376/21sep

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