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Family of motorbike crash victim thank bystanders who rushed to her aid

'It gives us great comfort to know there were so many people with her,' say family

27 February, 2017 — By Joe Cooper, William McLennan

Claire Berretti died at the scene of the accident in Clerkenwell Road

THE family of a woman who died in a motorcycle crash have issued for a “heartfelt thank you” to by-standers who battled to save her live.

Claire Berretti, 45, a manager at a leading hair saloon, was riding as a pillion passenger of the motorbike at the time of a collision with a taxi at the junction of Clerkenwell Road and Farringdon Road on Tuesday.

Passers-by tried desperately to save her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Her family said in a statement today: “[We] would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who tried to help our lovely Claire after the accident on the evening of Tuesday, 21 February. It gives us great comfort to know there were so many people with her in her last moments, trying to save her life, even as complete strangers.

“We know it must have been incredibly upsetting for people to witness this accident but we hope knowing how much it means to our family will comfort you all in a small way. Claire was not alone at the end and that is all because of all of you, thank you so much.”

Ms Berretti, who lived in Battersea but was originally from Scotland, had worked at the Sejour hair salon in South Kensington since 2004.

A biography on the company’s website said: “Her dedication and expertise within the industry helped in the creating and branding of Sejour.”

Staff from Ninth Ward bar, in Farringdon Road, said passers-by tried to resuscitate the injured woman until paramedics arrived. One man went from bar to bar in an attempt to find a defibrillator, without success.

“We didn’t see the actual crash but the woman was laid outside with people all around her,” a barman said.

“The motorbike was on the floor. The paramedics arrived about 15 minutes later.”

A police spokesman said: “A post-mortem examination at St Pancras Coroner’s Court on Thursday, 23 February gave a cause of death as traumatic head injury.

“The male motorcyclist sustained minor injuries, but he did not require medical assistance at the scene.

“The taxi driver stopped at the scene. They were not arrested and are assisting officers with their enquires.”

Witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Alperton on their witness appeal line on 020 8991 9555.

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