Holloway cycle death victim ‘helped so many children’

AN NSPCC researcher who died after his bicycle collided with a car in Holloway last week had a “profound effect on so many people”, according to his family.

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to Colin Hawkes, 64, who died after an accident at the junction of Carleton Road and Pleshey Road, Holloway, on Wednesday morning.

The Islington-born fitness fanatic was cycling to work at an NSPCC building in Greenland Place, Camden Town when he collided with a Peugeot 307.

The driver of the car, a 34-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed to return to a police in May.

Mr Hawkes was a highly respected child protection expert with 13 years working for the NSPCC.

His son Chris Hawkes, 34, said: “Dad had a profound effect on so many people. The reaction has been unbelievable with so many people contacting the family to pay their respects. He put in so much good work throughout his life and it seems to be coming back to help us just when we need it most.

“My dad worked for the Probation Service first before starting to work in child protection. He was a caring and compassionate man who had a fulfilling job. He was passionate about his work and carried out some fantastic research.”

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Mr Hawkes, who grew up in Wanstead, was a talented athlete from an early age, representing England in the 110 metre hurdles. He was also a decorated rugby player with Eton Manor RFC, where he gained a reputation for being a super-fast flying winger.

He lived in South Woodford and cycled to his workplace everyday, which was a 40 mile round trip.

Later this year Mr Hawkes and his son were planning a cycling challenge between Land’s End and John O’Groats to raise cash for the NSPCC. Mr Hawkes also has three daughters – Jenny, Natalie and Lucy – and three grandchildren.

A post mortem has now taken place and the funeral of Mr Hawkes is due to be held in February.

Wes Cuell, NSPCC director of services for children and families, said “It is with enormous sadness that we heard about the tragic death of Dr Colin Hawkes, who was a highly valued senior member of our National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service which works with some of the most troubled children in society. Colin’s loss will be felt throughout the organisation.”

Anita Green, vice chairwoman of the board of trustees, said: “Colin was a remarkable man who gave so much to the children. His was some of the hardest work in the child protection world and I know from our conversations that it did not come without a personal price. He was an inspirational man.”

Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit based at Alperton Traffic Garage are investigating the crash. Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact 0208 998 5319.