Appeal for witnesses after Bethnal Green fatal collision

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Appeal for witnesses after Bethnal Green fatal collision

15th November 2011

Lawyers representing a Walthamstow woman whose partner was killed in an incident earlier this year are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Father-of-one Peter McGreal had been cycling to work along Pritchard's Road, Bethnal Green, on the morning of Tuesday, 21 June, when he was involved in a collision with a lorry at the junction with Hackney Road. Mr McGreal, 44, died from his injuries in hospital four days later.

Now lawyers acting on behalf of his partner and the couple’s two-year-old daughter, are appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward with information to help them get a clear picture of what happened.

The incident occurred as Mr McGreal was cycling from the family home in St Johns Road to the London Metropolitan University’s City campus in Whitechapel, where he worked as a graphic designer. Michelle Sutton, an associate with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said: “It was rush hour and it always gets busy around the area at that time, so we know there must be several people who saw what happened.”

Miss Sutton explained that even if witnesses had already given their accounts to police, she still needed them to get in touch with her as soon as possible.

“If we are to secure the future care of the couple’s daughter, we urgently need witnesses to come forward with their description of what happened,” she said. “We are urging anyone who might have helpful information about the incident – no matter how small or insignificant they think it might be – to get in touch.”

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was driving or walking in Pritchard’s Road and Hackney Road that morning, and who might have seen the events immediately leading up to the incident,” said Miss Sutton. “We already have a number of witness accounts, but we still need to put together the whole picture of just what happened.

“Peter’s family are still suffering the aftermath of losing their loved one,” she said. “We are hoping people will come forward and help us to secure the help they need right now and also in the future.”

Can you help?
If you remember seeing the incident at the junction of  Pritchard’s Road and Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, at around 8.30am on Tuesday, 21 June 2011, please contact Michelle Sutton at Fentons Solicitors LLP on 0161 238 6408 or e-mail

Read media coverage of this story at Evening Standard, Waltham Forest Guardian, East London Advertiser