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Man dies a week after crash in North Street, Romford

PUBLISHED: 10:08 10 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:32 10 September 2014

Michael Thomas had been in a critical condition for a week. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Michael Thomas had been in a critical condition for a week. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

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A 32-year-old man has died a week after his car crashed into the side of a bus.

Michael Thomas, of Herne Hill, south London, had been in a critical condition at the Royal London Hospital since the collision in North Street, Romford, on Tuesday last week.

Police and ambulance crews attended just after 10pm and found a man in his 30s in “cardiac arrest” and suffering from “serious injuries” after his grey Seat Leon collided with the 86 bus.

Next of kin have been told and have identified the body and a post-mortem will be scheduled in due course.

Luke Hudson, a 19-year-old enforcement officer, of Essex Road, Romford, saw the crash from the back of the 103 bus.

He said: “I was coming round the roundabout on a bus and the guy was coming round the roundabout too.

“The car has come round, I heard the screech of tyres, and he’s gone over the island and into the bus.

“To be honest I think I was quite lucky – if I’d come round the roundabout five seconds later it’d have been my bus.”

The owner of Chinese takeaway Fortune House, in North Street, rushed out of the shop after hearing a “really loud bang”.

“It looked very serious,” he said. A great deal of smoke and flames were coming from the car.”

Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances of the crash and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Det Sgt John Woods said: “We know the car was driving around nearby roads prior to the collision. There were people in the area at the time and I would appeal for them to make contact with police.”

Anyone with information should call the witness line on 020 8597 4874 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Did you know Michael? Send your tributes to sam.gelder@archant.co.uk or call 020 8477 3903.

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