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Police chase death: ‘take responsibility’ plea from family

Victim’s nephew speaks out after 74-year-old was killed as he walked to church

03 May, 2019

Ronnie McArthur, ‘a loved member of family’

THE nephew of a pensioner who was killed by a car reportedly fleeing police has called on those involved to “take responsibility” for their actions.

It is exactly a month since Kevin Whiteley’s uncle Ronnie McArthur, 74, died after being struck in York Way, at the junction with Copenhagen Street, as he walked to church.

Mr Whiteley and his wife Collette said that this was the third death to hit the family in the past six months, after Mr McArthur’s wife Ann died in October last year and her sister ­Margaret passed away a month later.

Mr Whiteley said: “They have taken ­Ronnie’s life and need to be accountable for this and take responsibility. They have taken a family member away, on top of what has been already a distressing time.”

The couple are calling on members of the public to come forward if they have any ­information that may help the investigation.

“Ronnie was a loved member of our family,” Mr Whiteley said. “He selflessly loved and cared for Ann for many years before she passed away. He was truly dedicated to her.

“It’s not just about the family, it’s friends, neighbours, the church and the community.”

Finance director Mr McArthur, of Ripplevale Grove, was hit at around 6pm on April 2.

Neighbour Emily Shaw: ‘It was very upsetting. He was such a friendly, lovely guy’

His neighbour, Emily Shaw, a doctor at University College London Hospital, administered first aid when she arrived at the scene before an ambulance on her way back from work.

She said she was “heartbroken” when she realised that it was Mr McArthur.

The mother-of-three said: “I started assessing him and administered first aid. I thought I recognised him but his body was badly injured. Then they found his ID and read out his name and I realised he was Ronnie.

“As a doctor you learn to take an emotional distance and go into the professional role. When I realised I knew him it was very upsetting. He was such a friendly, lovely guy.

“I felt powerless. But Collette told me later that it brought them huge comfort to know he was with a friendly face he knew and someone who could hold his hand so he didn’t feel as alone at that time.”

Mr McArthur was flown to hospital by London Air Ambulance but died in the early hours the next day.

Ms Shaw said: “We’re just so heartbroken. It’s so desperately unfair that he’d be a victim. Why poor Ronnie? He was such a nice guy.”

Police had been investigating a robbery that evening in Hornsey Rise Gardens, in Upper Holloway, where a 22-year-old man was reportedly assaulted by a group of men who then took his possessions.

Officers later pulled up beside a Kia Stinger in York Way, which they believed was linked to the robbery, at which point it sped off and hit Mr McArthur.

Four men are believed to have fled the scene. Three men, aged 18, 20 and 22, were arrested on suspicion of robbery. They have all been released without charges.

The Met said it could not comment on the incident as it is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

If you have information, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, contact the IOPC on 0800 096 9076 or email copenhagenstreet@policeconduct.gov.uk

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