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Priest gave last rites to man knocked down and killed in Kilburn

PUBLISHED: 16:20 12 December 2011

Scene where man died in Kilburn this morning

Scene where man died in Kilburn this morning

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Elderly pedestrian suffered heart attack following collision with lorry

A priest said prayers over an elderly man who died in Kilburn this morning.

The victim, believed to be in his 70s and from Kilburn, was knocked down outside McDonald’s, on the High Road, which he visited regularly for breakfast.

The man, who is thought to have been using a walking aid, suffered a heart attack following the collision with a lorry.

Paramedics battled to save his life but he was pronounced dead at 12.06pm.

Danny O’Brien, 36, of Rowley Way, Kilburn, said: “It’s a terrible thing that has happened. I don’t think the road works on the High Road helped. It’s very sad that this has happened just before Christmas.”

Two traders, who have worked in the area for 30 years but wished not to be named, said: “The driver of the lorry didn’t realise the man had been hit. The police were here within minutes. The man was given treatment for about 20 minutes. It just escalated.

“It is very sad. There have been so many accidents at this junction over the years. Something has to be done about it. The road works have not helped. It is a terrible set up here. They should be carried out at night when there is less traffic on the roads.”

The lorry driver did stop and there have been no arrests.

A post mortem is due to take place at Northwick Park Mortuary on Wednesday, December 14.

Inspector Paddy O’Leary, from Brent police, said: “We were called to the road traffic accident this morning at about 11am. The gentleman is believed to be local and in his 70s.

“A priest came and said prayers over him. We believe we know who the man is but need to inform next of kin.”

Witnesses are asked to call the Road Death Investigation Unit on 020 8998 5319.

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