May 25 2013 Latest news:
by Tim Lamden
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The brother of a man who died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a lorry in Tottenham last year has described how his death has left the family with “nowhere to go”.
Raja Miah, 36, of White Hart Lane, Wood Green, died at the scene of the collision with a white Volvo lorry in Broad Lane, part of the Tottenham Gyratory, at 9.55am on July 26.
During an inquest into the father-of-four’s death at Barnet Coroner’s Court last Thursday, coroner Andrew Walker recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Following the accident, an air ambulance attended but medics were unable to save Mr Miah, who was ruled to have died from multiple injuries in a later post-mortem examination.
Speaking after the inquest, Raja’s brother Mohammed Miah told the Journal: “He is missed very much, our father passed away when Raja was 22 and since then he had been a role model and father figure to his siblings.
“If anyone needed anything they would turn to him, now we have nowhere to go.
“He was the one who provided for his family, he was a loving and gentle husband, father, brother and friend to all.”
During the inquest, Mr Miah’s friend Shaul Miah told the court that on the morning of the accident the two of them were revising journey routes on their motorcycles to prepare for taking taxi driver exam the Knowledge.
Mr Walker concluded that as Mr Miah moved from the inside lane to the middle of the three-lane carriageway on his silver Yamaha 125cc, he collided with the lorry and was thrown off his bike, sustaining a “catastrophic brain injury”.
After the collision, witnesses saw the lorry continue down the road without stopping.
Mr Miah’s friend pursued the driver on his motorcycle in an attempt to stop him but lost him further down the road.
Lorry driver Paul Penn, dressed in motorcyclist’s leather, told the inquest he was unaware he had collided with Mr Miah, which Mr Walker accepted, concluding: “I don’t believe he would have realised that the collision had occurred.”
Mr Penn was arrested by police shortly after the accident but no further action was taken.
Mohammed Miah, who is unhappy with the police investigation into his brother’s death, said: “The lorry driver showed us no remorse whatsoever in the inquest.
“As a human being he could have come up to the family and said ‘I am really sorry for your loss and I don’t know how it happened’.”