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Motorcyclist killed in London Road crash was student hoping to give family a better life


A MOTORCYCLIST killed in an alleged hit and run on London Road was a student who came to Croydon in search of a better life for his family.

Kamrul Hasan, of Cameron Road, was killed when his Yamaha bike was struck by a black Lexus car in West Croydon at 1am on Monday (December 29).

He was on his way to get some food having spent the evening at a friend's house.

The 23-year-old was a business management student at the London College of Advanced Studies who moved to England from his home in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, five years ago.

Kamrul was hoping to go on to university before returning to Dhaka to take care of his parents and ten-year-old brother, who he had not seen since he left.

He lived with his only sister, Suria Khatun, 26, and her husband Moktar Hossin, 31, in North Finchley before moving to Croydon a year ago.

Mr Hossin said: "His family was very, very important for him. Everyone at home was relying on him, they are broken. He is the eldest son and should have taken care of everyone.

"Every time I speak to them they can't believe it. When his mum calls him she asks me "where is my son, I want to see him"."

Mr Hossin remembers Kamrul, who worked at Subway in Wellesley Road to support his studies, as "calm and confident".

He said: "Kamrul had lots of friends. He was a very social guy and would keep in touch with every single friend he made. He never hurt anybody in his life. He always made people happy.

"He was tall and looked like an actor, he was very active and he went to the gym regularly.

"Whatever he did he would always do carefully, and he was an honest guy."

Mr Hossin and Ms Khatun, who have been married for eight years, have two daughters; four-year-old Sohana and two-year-old Samira, who loved Kamrul.

"Whenever he came back to the house my daughters would jump on him," said Mr Hossin.

"Every time I got my iPad out they would call 'uncle' because they knew how to do it.

"One day early in the morning me and my wife were sleeping and I woke up and saw my daughters talking to someone, and they had called their uncle."

Mr Hossin said Kamrul's death had been a "heavy shock" for his wife, who Kamrul always looked up to.

"When he was a child he was so good," he said. "If Suria told him to sit there he would sit there until she told him to move.

"In my life I never had someone like him, and we will carry for our whole lives his memory."

'He was a really good friend'

Kamrul's best friend was with him just minutes before he was killed on Monday morning.

Kamrul had visited Md Iftekhar Ahmed on his way home from work on Sunday night and left Mr Ahmed's Greenside Road home to get a kebab at 12.45am.

But when Mr Ahmed phoned Kamrul ten minutes later the police answered and told him his friend had been in an accident.

Mr Ahmed, also 23, met Kamrul a year ago when the student started working at Subway.

He said: "Our natures matched with each other and he was a really good friend. I have lost someone who was really next to me and really close to me."

Mr Ahmed said Kamrul liked to spend time with friends, talking or going bowling or to restaurants.

"He was a really, really good person," he said. "If you shouted at him he would never react. His smile was really nice. Once you have seen his smile you don't forget it."

Two arrested after fatal accident

Police investigating the hit and run have arrested a man and a woman.

The driver of the Lexus involved in the crash failed to stop at the scene and the vehicle was later found abandoned in St James's Road at the junction of Windmill Road.

A 24-year-old man handed himself in to police in Croydon on Tuesday morning and is in police custody.

A 23-year-old woman was arrested at an address in Croydon on Monday and was later bailed pending further investigation until early February.

Kamrul was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.45am. A post mortem and formal identification are due to take place at Croydon Mortuary today (Wednesday).

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit based at Merton are investigating the collision and have appealed for information.

Anyone who can help is asked to call 020 8543 5157 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Motorcyclist killed in London Road crash was student hoping to give family a better life

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