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Tributes paid to cyclist after hit and run

 Published on: 17th February 2018   |   By: Tom Dyson   |   Category: Uncategorized

Tributes have been paid to a cyclist from Kings Langley who died following a hit and run.

Nicholas Keeler was hit by a car in Radlett Road, Aldenham at around 12:40am on February 11 as he was cycling home from a shift at a Just Eat call centre, where he worked in Borehamwood.

The driver of the car did not stop and Mr Keeler, who was 44 years old, died at the scene after sustaining serious injuries in the crash.

A 41-year-old man from Watford and a 25-year-old woman from Willesden have both been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. They have since been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

An outpouring of messages was posted on Facebook group Kings Langley Matters following the news.

Tomas Sharpe said: “Nicholas practically saved my life once after I came off my bike coming down Toms Lane. The man had a heart of gold and should be remembered for it.”

Elaine Reed said: “I never knew his name but for many years he would always wish me a good morning or pass a lovely compliment when I saw him. He certainly made me smile every time.

“His eccentric dress and singing was well-known around the village. He seemed such a kind soul and I’m so sad to hear he’s gone. I will miss him.”

Another resident posted: “I used to see him around the village, often singing and always smiling. He cleared up litter whilst whistling in Primrose Hill park. He was such a character.”

Posting on Mr Keeler’s Facebook page, Lila Magdalini Sevastaki said: “You would always say good morning and goodbye and now you have just left us, breaking our hearts. We will miss you, Nick. Words cannot describe.”

Mr Keeler worked at the Just Eat call centre for four years.

Graham Corfield, UK managing director at Just Eat, said: “We were shocked and saddened to learn of the sad passing of our colleague and friend Nicholas Keeler.

“Nicholas was always hugely positive and had a big impact on the morale of his team and everyone he came into contact with. Nicholas was a valued member of the Just Eat family and he will be missed dearly.

“We are supporting Nicholas’ team and his family and our thoughts are with them all at this sad time.”

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward with information.

Road policing sergeant Martin Kemp, who is investigating the incident, said: “I’m appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or has information about the circumstances leading up to the incident and has not already spoken to police to get in touch. Any information you provide could prove to be crucial to our investigation.”

If you witnessed what happened or have any further information, please call Hertfordshire Constabulary via 101, quoting ISR 39 of February 11 or report information online at www.herts.police.uk/report

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.

 

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