Detectives are calling on the hit-and-run cyclist who killed Peter McCombie early this month to come forward following an appeal by his family.
The 72-year-old hospital worker was strolling in Bow Road, Tower Hamlets when the cyclist struck him in the late afternoon on 3 July. The elderly man sustained serious injuries and died in hospital eight days later.
Met Police said that after the tragic incident, the cyclist abandoned his bike and swiftly fled from the scene. As part of the investigation, police officers have released images of the suspect who has not been identified yet.
Detective Inspector Julie Trodden said: “From photos, we can see he abandoned his cycle and then ran off. If anyone knows the location of this bike please tell us. Any information you can give, even if it is just the street where you saw him, could be crucial.
“I am also asking anyone who witnessed this collision, or the events immediately prior to and after the collision to contact the police. Finally, I continue to appeal directly to the cyclist involved — please come forward to assist this investigation but, more importantly, to provide answers to the victim’s family.”
McCombie`s devastated family have appealed for the cyclist to “do the right thing” and hand himself to the police.
His sister Christine said: “It is hard to put into words the effect losing Peter has had on our family. It is incredibly difficult to process his death, especially in these circumstances when we know that the person involved has not come forward.
“I would ask the cyclist, personally, please speak to police. Please do the right thing, for Peter and our family. In our position, I know you would want the same.”
Officers are still hunting the hit-and-run cyclist and have asked anyone with evidence or any information which might be useful on the investigation to come forward. No arrests have been made so far in connection with the incident.