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Hit-and-run driver ‘deliberately’ collides with pedestrian outside Highbury & Islington station

PUBLISHED: 11:19 23 September 2019 | UPDATED: 18:28 23 September 2019

Highbury & Islington station. Picture: Google Maps

Highbury & Islington station. Picture: Google Maps

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Police believe a hit-and-run driver “deliberately mounted the pavement” and smashed into a pedestrian outside Highbury & Islington station on Saturday morning – weeks before protective bollards are due to be installed.

Police believe a hit-and-run driver "deliberately mounted the pavement" and smashed into a pedestrian outside Highbury & Islington station on Saturday morning - weeks before protective bollards are due to be installed.

Emergency services were called just after 2am to reports of a collision near Highbury Corner - they found an injured man, believed to be in his 20s, at the scene. The victim was taken to hospital where his condition was declared not "life-threatening or life-changing".

A Met Police spokesperson said: "It is believed that the driver of the car deliberately mounted the pavement and hit the pedestrians following an earlier altercation.

"The car, thought to be a black hatchback, was then driven away at speed northbound along Holloway Road."

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

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Transport for London has "worked closely" with Islington Council to create a new larger forecourt as part of its redevelopment of Highbury Corner - the seating blocks and bollards designed to shield pedestrians from vehicles are due to be "installed over the next few weeks", a TfL spokesperson said today.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We sent an ambulance, a medic in a car and an incident response officer. We treated a man at the scene before taking him to hospital."

The incident came hours after a hit-and-run driver knocked a cyclist off her bike and left her lying injured in the road in Fieldway Crescent at about 10.35pm. There's no suggestion the collisions are linked.

The London Ambulance Service was also called to a road traffic collision in Archway Road at 9.55pm last night, but no one was taken to hospital. A pedestrian was also hit by a car in Seven Sisters Road this morning. The driver stopped at the scene.

It was car free day yesterday, where communities across London and in Islington temporarily closed off streets to traffic to make them safer places for kids to play in.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the Highbury & Islington station incident or saw the car shortly afterwards to get in touch via 101 quoting reference Cad 857/21Sep.

Did you see this collision? Are you the victim? Contact Lucas at the Gazette newsdesk on 07785 616244 or email lucas.cumiskey@archant.co.uk


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