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Hunt for hit-run van driver after scooter rider dies

PUBLISHED: 21:36 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:35 05 October 2010

A MOTOR-scooter rider has died in hospital in East London—two weeks after a hit and run' crash at a busy traffic-light crossroad. Mathew Hoxby, 34, died at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, following the incident in Dalston at 6.40am on August 15. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Mike Brooke

A MOTOR-scooter rider has died in hospital in East London—two weeks after a hit and run’ crash at a busy traffic-light crossroad.

Mathew Hoxby, who was 34, died at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, following the incident in Dalston at 6.40am on August 15. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Mathew’s Piaggio Vespa 125 collided with a large white van at the junction of Kingsland High-street with Dalston-lane and Balls Pond-road.

The van was turning right from Kingsland High-street into Balls Pond-road when it collided with Mathew’s scooter going north towards Stoke Newington where he lived.

The van is believed to have stopped briefly, shortly after the collision—but then drove off down Balls Pond-road, Scotland Yard said tonight (Friday).

There were two people in the van, a man and a woman, described by witnesses as dark-skinned European in appearance.

One witness spoke briefly to the driver further down the road, who nevertheless drove off.

Police are treating it as failed to stop at the scene of a serious accident’ that has now proved to be fatal.

“We believe that the large white van had significant front damage,” a police spokesman revealed.

“It has a front number plate missing and its front bumper was left at the scene.”

They are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the collision at 6.40am at Dalston Junction on August 15 to call the Met’s Traffic unit at Euston on 020-7388 6806, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.

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