Family's call for 5mph speed limit at spot where boy, aged four, was killed yesterday

By Dave Speck in Local People

THE FAMILY of the four-year-old boy killed on a road in Burnt Oak yesterday have called for traffic calming measures to be installed in the area.

The boy, known as Edwin, died after being in a collision with a car on Montrose Avenue near the junction with the A5 Edgware Road at around 7pm last night.

Now his aunties have called for speed bumps and a pedestrian crossing to be installed as well as speed cameras - in a bid to slow down traffic and prevent further tragedies on what is known as a busy "cut-through" to the A5 from Mill Hill and Edgware.

Edwin’s Auntie, Angela Kankam, called for the speed limit to be reduced to 5mph. She said: "They have that in Harrow, so why not here?"

Meanwhile, family have paid tribute to Edwin as being an intelligent and well-behaved little boy who spoke fluent Ghanaian Twi as well as English.

Pastor Ade Abiodun, of the Burnt Oak Christian Fellowship Church, in Oakleigh Avenue, where Edwin attended with his family, said he had been providing comfort to the family.

He said: "We pray that the lord will comfort them. Just looking at the situation where you have a very busy road, anything that would reduce the speed of traffic would help."

Another of Edwin’s aunties, Bernice Poku, said she had been consoling the boy’s mother. She said: "We are Christians. what can we say but words of comfort?"

Meanwhile, local residents have taken to Facebook to express their shock and grief, many of them posting "RIP little angel."

London’s Air Ambulance was called to the scene from where the boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said last night that a mortem examination was to be held in due course.


Detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating the collision. .

A police spokesman said: “The driver of the car involved stopped at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries. No arrests have been made.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the moments leading up to it is asked to contact police via Alperton Traffic Garage 0208 991 9555 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also contact police via Twitter @MetCC

Pictured left: the scene of the collision on Montrose Avenue, Burnt Oak, and (inset): Edwin, aged 4, who has passed away. (Picture from Inside Edgware Facebook Group)

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