Case Study

17-year-old cyclist killed by hit and run driver in Deptford, London - driver convicted

Incident date: 
Sat, 24 Mar 2012

Olatunji Adeyanju was knocked off his bike while crossing Deptford Church Street on Friday 23rd March 2012.

He was hit by a silver Audi, the driver of which failed to remain at the scene of the crash.

According to local news reports the crash occurred at a toucan crossing – a joint pedestrian/cycle crossing. The car was later recovered from a nearby street. A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop.

Olatunji Adeyanju was known as TJ, had been deputy head boy at his local school. He had been studying at sixth form college in Croydon.

Olatunji suffered major head, chest and abdominal injuries. He died at King’s College Hospital later that evening.

  • UPDATE (20/03/13)

Barry Normah, 28, of Watergate Street, Deptford, had denied causing TJ’s death by dangerous driving but was convicted of the offence by an Old Bailey jury on March 18th 2013.

Pedestrian Claire Ridge was standing beside him at the pedestrian crossing before he was hit by a silver Audi A3 at around 5pm.

She told the Old Bailey: “A boy on a bike came to my right hand side. He crossed the road – the red man was still showing but the cars had stopped, the traffic lights were red.

“Then I saw this car approaching really quickly and I thought ‘what is this car doing – it was my turn to cross, it was the pedestrian’s turn to cross’.

“I thought it was going to stop but it slammed straight into the boy. The boy flew to the other side of the road and crashed to the floor.”

Jurors heard that the driver of the car initially failed to stop, continuing along Deptford Church Street, before turning around at the traffic lights and coming back to the scene.

He paused for a short while before eventually driving off again. Police later found the Audi dumped in nearby Watergate Road at around 7pm.

Normah will be sentenced on a date to be set.

  • UPDATE (24/05/13)

Normah was sentenced to 4 years in prison at Woolwich Crown Court on 24th March.

The victim’s family say the sentence is not enough and are calling for more designated cycle lanes.

The victim’s uncle and guardian, Steven Gisanrin, said his family was disappointed by the length of Normah’s sentence. He also said that if any good could come from his nephew’s death then more has to be done to promote safer cycling in London:

“Residents in Deptford have often complained about how unsafe they feel whilst cycling in the area,” Gisanrin said, “and are again calling for more designated cycle lanes to be installed, particularly on and around Creek Road.”

Normah has also been disqualified from driving for five years with an extended re-test to be taken before driving again.

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According to local news reports, the crash occurred on the toucan crossing here:

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