Victim named in fatal collision

[Claire Berretti]

Detectives appealing for information and witnesses following a fatal collision in Camden have named the victim.

She was Claire Berretti, 45, who was originally from Ayr in Scotland, but was living in Battersea.

Formal identification still awaits, but Claire’s family have been informed.

Claire’s family have released the following statement: “Our family would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who tried to help our lovely Claire after the accident on the evening of Tuesday, 21 February. It gives us great comfort to know there were so many people with her in her last moments, trying to save her life, even as complete strangers.

“We know it must have been incredibly upsetting for people to witness this accident but we hope knowing how much it means to our family will comfort you all in a small way. Claire was not alone at the end and that is all because of all of you, thank you so much.”

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 8:44pm on Tuesday, 21 February to reports of a collision between a motorbike and a taxi in Clerkenwell Road at the junction with Farringdon Road.

Officers attended and found Claire, who had been a pillion passenger, injured. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination at St Pancras Coroner’s Court on Thursday, 23 February gave a cause of death as traumatic head injury.

The male motorcyclist sustained minor injuries, but he did not require medical assistance at the scene.

The taxi driver stopped at the scene. They were not arrested and are assisting officers with their enquires.

Detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating. Enquiries continue.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Alperton on their witness appeal line on 020 8991 9555 or via Twitter @MetCC.

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