Oct 22 2012 Harrow Observer
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There were 100 hit and run accidents on the roads in Brent and 48 in Harrow last year.
An average of just under three people a week were injured in such incidents in the boroughs in 2011, according to new figures.
Although none were fatal, 10 of the hit and runs were considered serious – eight in Brent and two in Harrow.
The statistics have been revealed by Green Party member Jenny Jones as a result of a freedom of information request. It is believed they include schoolboy Ayub Ahmed and pensioner Bruno Conti.
Detectives are still trying to trace the callous hit-and-run driver who mowed down nine-year-old Ayub and have only minimal details to assist their investigation. The schoolboy was hit in Church Lane, Harrow Weald, in August last year, suffering head and facial injuries which left him in intensive care.
Fortunately, he has made a full recovery.
The second incident occurred in April last year when a motorcyclist fled Butler Drive, West Harrow, after riding into 76-year-old Bruno Conti.
The pensioner suffered serious injuries and was taken to a West London hospital, where he is believed to have made a good recovery.
The Metropolitan Police road death investigation unit, based in Alperton, managed to trace the motorcyclist after a small part of the bike left at the scene was identified. Following a search of bikes purchased in the area, officers discovered the damaged motorcycle of Otto Funk.
The 25-year-old was prosecuted at Brent Magistrates’ Court last August. He was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, for driving without insurance and failing to stop after an accident.
The 48 hit and runs in Harrow last year equal the same amount in 2010, while Brent’s incidents slightly decreased from 107 in 2010 to 100 last year.
In both boroughs, the figures represent an increase from 2009, when there were 46 in Harrow and 78 in Brent.
Detective Inspector Dave Tanner at the road traffic investigation unit, said: “Although the number of hit and runs appear to still be quite high, the number of fatal ones have been significantly decreasing.
“With these kinds of incidents, we rely heavily on members of the public to come forward.
“When people are able to assist, we will do everything within our power to convict these people.”
There were no fatal hit and runs in Hillingdon, Barnet and Ealing last year, but Ealing had the most such offences with 144 incidents, while Barnet had 110 and Hillingdon 79.