Residents pay tribute to‘perfect’ neighbour killed in Kensal Rise crash

Former shop assistant moved to the area from Hungary 30 years ago

Neighbours of a Kensal Rise resident who was killed yards from her home have paid tribute to the ‘perfect’ neighbour.

Speaking exclusively to the Brent and Kilburn Times just days after her death friends and neighbours described Maria Talas as an adorable and friendly lady.

The 70-year-old was killed last Tuesday (October 18) after she was hit by a motorcycle on Chamberlayne Road the previous day on October 17.

Emmanuel Bernard, a grandfather who has lived on the street for more than 50 years spoke fondly of his former next-door neighbour.

He said: “She was the perfect neighbour, you couldn’t ask for any more. She was quiet, but very charming.

“We used to make jokes over the garden fence and she would always greet people whenever she saw them.”

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Mrs Talas’ husband Istvan is said to be a keen gardener and the couple would often exchange gardening tips with neighbours.

The 70-year-old added: “It’s very very sad, we are all friendly round here so people will miss her.”

The couple, originally from Hungary moved to Mostyn Gardens more than 30 years ago, Mrs Talas worked as a shop assistant before she retired.

60-year-old Caroline Turner who has lived on the street for 30 years said it was a ‘tragic’ event and paid tribute to ‘adorable’ Mrs Talas.

She said: “She was adorable; I hope his [Istvan’s] family are looking after him as it must be awful for him.

“I walked down Chamberlayne Road on the day of the crash and saw all the police and ambulances there; it’s a really tragic event.”

Mrs Talas, who was a pedestrian was taken to St Mary’s hospital following the collision with a Red Ducati motorbike but died the next day as a result of her injuries.

Ms Turner added: “I used to see them driving off to church on Sunday’s dressed beautifully and she would always wear a lovely big hat.

“They were totally ideal neighbours, I think everybody loved them, I hope something is done about the road though because it is a dangerous crossing.”

The motorcyclist is currently assisting police with their inquires while inquest into Mrs Talas’ death is currently open.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses to come forward.