Family appeals for witnesses after terrifying road accident in Romford

A man who was airlifted to hospital with head and shoulder injuries after a Romford crash is recovering after multiple operations.

Ashley Harvey, 26, was knocked off his bike after a collision on Bryant Avenue near Tesco, on September 30.

But after having no recollection of the crash his family are appealing for witnesses to come forward and help piece together what happened.

Mr Harvey, who works as a car paint sprayer at Balgores Motors, also in Bryant Avenue, Romford, was on his lunch break and coming out of the nearby Tesco when the collision happened with a white van at 1.50pm.

He was found near his bike and was airlifted by helicopter to The Royal London Hospital, where he had surgery to his face.

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Mr Harvey also suffered major lacerations to his head, arm, a broken collarbone and shoulder.

His dad Gary said: “It was 50/50 at the beginning. We didn’t know if he would make it through because it was so serious. We were so worried for him.

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“He had lots of breakages in his face and had to have titanium plates fitted.

“I’m just thankful there are no spinal injuries and he is lucky he was wearing a helmet.”


Mr Harvey returned to his home in Duke Road, Barkingside, this week and his dad said they are still trying to work out how the crash happened.

“He can’t remember it. He knows the road so well, but it must have happened on the blind bend near Tesco.

“The police said he probably came off the bike and hit a van, but he has no recollection of this, and we don’t think that is what happened. We need some honest answers.”

Police are calling for witnesses to come forward if they saw what happened and to call Romford police on 101.

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