Motorcyclist dies after Seven Sisters Road crash that leaves bike 'smouldering' in road
PUBLISHED: 21:34 03 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:34 04 July 2019
A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a car in Seven Sisters Road this evening.
The rider is said to have been thrown from his bike during the collision, landing in the street, while his bike landed by the Finsbury Park gates and burst into flames.
Police were called at 7.16pm to reports of a serious crash near the junction with Blackstock Road.
Officers and paramedics attended but the man, whose age is not yet known, died at the scene.
A Met Police spokesperson said: "The driver of the car stopped at the scene. There have been no arrests."
Ayhan Yildizcoban, 27, who works as a security guard in the Seven Sisters Road Lidl, was walking down the street when the crash occurred.
He told the Gazette: "I was minding my own business then I heard a loud noise and it then a skidding noise at the same time. At first I thought it was doing a 'Tokyo Drift' like in The Fast and The Furious but I think it was an emergency brake. Then I saw the motorbike fly towards the park, [landing] in front of the bus stop and it caught on fire."
He believes the rider ended up beneath a car, though it is not yet known whether this was the same one involved in the collision.
Ayhan said: "All I heard was: 'Reverse, you're on his leg.'
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"We were all in shock. It happened really fast." He believes the car reversed.
Ayhan and other pedestrians ran towards the injured motorcyclist. He told people not to touch or move him until paramedics arrived.
"They were trying to put the fire out for 10 to 15 minutes," he said. "Paramedics had a machine so we could see his heartbeat was working. But a couple of minutes later we saw someone doing CPR. They couldn't save him.
"It was so horrible to see and experience. I wish I could have done more to help. I was badly affected by it. We had to close the store two hours early because everyone was so upset. I wish the family strength."
Singer and activist Jermain Jackman, who saw the aftermath of the crash, told the Gazette he saw "a smouldering motorcycle in the road" and "a blue tent covering the body on the floor".
He added: "Was told the air ambulance couldn't land due to Wireless Festival being set up. So they treated [the victim] on the floor."
Shocking footage from the scene seen by the Gazette shows the motorbike burning in the road. The London Ambulance Service "treated three other people at the scene but didn't take them to hospital". They also confirmed a helicopter "landed at north of Finsbury Park".
Wireless Music Festival is due to start in Finsbury Park this Friday.
The tragic news comes after Muswell Hill motorcyclist Simon Palmer died after he was hit by a van in Holloway Road on June 20.
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