Cyclist jumped red light before hitting and killing pensioner, 73, court hears

A cyclist jumped a red light moments before fatally knocking down a pensioner on a pedestrian crossing, a court heard.

Ermir Loka, 23, is accused of killing Peter McCombie after ploughing into him at around 15mph.

Jurors heard he told the 73-year-old, "look what you've done”, before picking up his bike and cycling off on July 3 last year.

Passers-by helped and called an ambulance as Mr McCombie lay on the floor bleeding and unconscious after hitting his head in Bow, east London.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard he suffered a fractured skull and serious brain injuries and died eight days later.

Deanna Heer, prosecuting, said Loka jumped the red lights while riding "furiously" on a cycle super highway.

She said: "As he lay on the road bleeding and unconscious, the defendant who had also fallen down picked up his bike and cycled away leaving others to call an ambulance and try to help Mr McCombie.”

Expert examinations show the cyclist's traffic lights turned from green to amber eight-and-a-half seconds before he crossed the stop line.

Ms Heer said this would have given him "ample time” to have seen the lights were against him.

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Mr McCombie had waited for the green man before crossing, the court heard.

CCTV shows Loka abandoned his bike but it has never been found, jurors were told.

The cyclist handed himself in after an investigation was launched.

He told police he was "in a panic" and had thought it was "just an accident”.

Loka said he had been following another cyclist who was five to 10 metres ahead of him and who Mr McCombie had allowed to pass.

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He said he had seen the pensioner about five metres away and tried to stop, but was unable, the court heard.

Ms Heer said: “As he approached the pedestrian crossing, the traffic lights were on red and they had been on red for over five seconds.

"However, he did not stop. Instead, he continued through the red lights and crashed into Mr McCombie causing Mr McCombie to fall to the ground and hit his head.”

Loka, of Leyton, east London, denies manslaughter and causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving.

The trial continues.

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