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Shopkeepers call for urgent safety rethink at Holloway Road ‘death spot’

Mother died after collision with motorbike as she stepped out near junction

30 October, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Police at the scene of last week’s collision

SHOPKEEPERS have called on Transport for London to make urgent alterations to Holloway Road after a mother died in a collision last week.

Doina Covaci, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene last Monday after she was struck by a motorbike while stepping out near the junction with Windsor Road – leaving her husband and five children devastated.

This week, business owners who witnessed the aftermath of the horrifying incident warned that more accidents will happen if action is not taken.

Karim Karim set up Treasure Land more than 20 years ago and he told the Tribune he has lost count of the number of accidents and near-misses he has witnessed.

Constantin with mum Doina

“This is like a death spot,” he said. “We almost have accidents every week and nobody has done anything about it. That is the sad thing.”

There is a barrier dividing Holloway Road which runs from the Odeon cinema at the junction with Tufnell Park Road for about 500m up to Mr Karim’s shop, almost exactly where Ms Covaci was struck.

Mr Karim said: “They should extend the barrier up to the lights [by Manor Gardens]. It is a simple solution and it could save lives.”

Mohammed Sajir, who runs the Chefshown London restaurant just down the road from Treasure Land, said: “There are crashes here all the time. It’s a dangerous spot. There is something here maybe once or twice a month.

Husband Marin and Doina Covaci

“They need to put a barrier here all the way up to the other crossing. Block it completely. If they do not then more accidents will happen.”

As the Tribune previously reported, Ms Covaci’s son Constantin paid tribute to his mother, who lived in Seven Sisters Road, saying she was a “lovely, funny person” who was the “perfect mother”.

Lilli Matson, TfL’s chief safety, health and environment officer, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Doina Covaci and we are closely reviewing this location on Holloway Road as we assist the Metropolitan Police with their investigation into this tragic death.

“Any death or serious injury on London’s roads is totally unacceptable and we understand the devastating impact this has on local communities, which is why we’re committed to eliminating all death and serious injuries on roads as part of our Vision Zero approach.”

The motorcyclist involved in the incident with Ms Covaci was taken to the hospital on the day of the incident where his injuries were deemed non-life-threatening.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police via 101 and quote CAD5364/19Oct.


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