Hanwell Man Killed After Falling From Minicab

Mystery surrounds death and police seek witnesses


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A man who died after falling from a moving minicab has been named as Padraig O'Dea from Hanwell.

Officers were called by London Ambulance Service to Alexandra Avenue, at the junction with Clitheroe Avenue, in Harrow shortly after 01:05hrs on Sunday, 28 September.

When police arrived paramedics were already treating the man, aged 26, who had suffered life-threatening head injuries after falling into the road.

He was taken to a central London hospital where he subsequently died.

Next of kin are aware and formal identification has taken place. The deceased is Padraig O'Dea - 26 yrs of Hanwell, west London. Mr O'Dea was an Irish national.

A post-mortem examination took place at St Mary's Hospital mortuary - no cause of death was established and further tests will be carried out.

An inquest opened and adjourned at Barnet Coroner's Court on 3 October.

Officers believe Mr O'Dea was part of a group of males and females who were close to a Renault Traffic minicab parked outside Dominos Pizza on Alexandra Avenue.

The minicab subsequently drove away southbound but after a short distance the driver realised the rear tailgate was open and Mr O'Dea was rolling on the road behind the vehicle.

The driver returned to the injured man and has not been arrested.

At this stage it is not known how Mr O'Dea came to be in the minicab and officers are keen to make contact with the other members of the man's group who had left the scene by the time officers arrived.

Detective Sergeant Chris Osborne, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

"We know this man was with a group of what appeared to be friends or colleagues moments before he was injured. He has now died and I would urge anyone with information to come forward so that we can establish the precise events."

Anyone who can assist the investigation should call 020 8991 9555. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



3rd October 2014

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