Pedestrian hit and killed by police van answering 999 call in Tottenham

Thefamily of a pedestrian killed when he was hit by a police van on an emergency 999 call today demanded answers over his death.

Suleyman Yalcin, 44, had just got off a bus on his way to a family meal at his brother’s house when he was struck yesterday evening in Tottenham - writes

He was crossing Seven Sisters Road road when he was hit by the marked police vehicle at around 6.45pm.

Police officers and paramedics battled in vain to save him at the roadside and he died a short while later.

His brother Sinasi, 37, a graphic designer, said the family were “devastated”.

He said: “He was on his way to eat with us. When he didn’t arrive we kept trying his phone. Then we discovered there had been in a fatal accident involving the police, we are heartbroken.

“We understand he had just got off the bus. How could this have happened? We want answers - the police have told us nothing yet.”

The family, originally from Turkey, were today consoling each other at the family home near the scene of the collision.

Mr Yalcin said his brother had lived in Wood Green, adding: “He was a lovely, kind and gentle person. We can’t believe he has gone.”

A local shop worker said: “The man had got off the bus and was crossing the road. I saw a police van passing then there was a massive bang. I went outside and the man was laying on the ground.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed and has launched an investigation.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: “Officers in a marked police vehicle were en route to an emergency call when their vehicle was involved in a collision with a pedestrian in Haringey.

“The collision happened at approximately 6.45pm on Seven Sisters Road close to the junction with Elizabeth Road.

“Officers immediately provided first aid. The London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended.

“The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.20pm.

“The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Police Complaints Commission have been informed.”

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