The music producer and sound engineer, was a member of London Dynamo Cycle club
The cyclist killed in yesterdays fatal collision on Homerton High Street, has been named on-line as 34- year-old Akis Kollaros, a music producer and sound engineer, who lived in Dalston.
Mr Kollaros was hit by a lorry turning left onto Homerton High Street from Wardle Street at 4.20pm yesterday (Monday). The collision was just yards away from Homerton Fire Station, Ambulance Station and a few streets away from Homerton Hospital, where paramedics were on the scene within seconds, but unable to save him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
An avid cyclist who cycled daily to and from work, he was a member of London Dynamo Cycle club, taking part in regular bike races. A member of his cycling team left a statement on the London Dynamo Cycle forum on behalf of the club:
It is with great sadness and grief that I announce we have had official confirmation that Akis Kollaros was involved in a fatal collision with a lorry late yesterday afternoon in Homerton, London.
I find it hard to type these words, especially as I was riding with him just a week or so ago. The death on the road of a fellow LD, and this maybe the first in such a way, is a hard, hard pill to swallow. I offer my sincerest wishes to Akis’ family, friends and fellow riders.
Please post/record your thoughts, great memories, condolences, best wishes or whatever you deem ‘right’ here to mourn the loss of a fellow rider.
This is indeed another hard day not just for London Dynamo but and all London Cyclists.
Someone he raced with last Saturday, posted a message on the LFGSS site: “I raced with him on Saturday at Hillingdon; had a chat after race as well as both of our hands were f*****g freezing and we were hogging the only radiator in the hallway. He told me he has to ride all the way back to Dalston after race .. We then realised we both ride same sized bikes and he has some serious bikes too”.
A heavy metal band he produced, Monument, post a statement on their Facebook page:
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our producer and friend Akis Kollaros who tragically lost his life yesterday after being involved in a collision in East London. Akis was a huge part of what made the first two Monument releases come out sounding the way they did and we will always remember him as an energetic, passionate and multi-talented person who gave 100% to every project he was involved with. From Peter, Matt, Dan and Lewis, goodbye old friend and thank you so much for all you did for us. R.I.P.
Last Autumn Mr Kollaros described on Facebook, how he came off his bike as he took part in a race: “The problem with breaking both elbows is being unable to lean on either side. It gets even worse when you’ve forgotten about it and get reminded the hard way. Ouch.”
Answering his Facebook friends questions about what happened he wrote: “Racing. Came off on a bend. Someone must’ve clipped my rear wheel, can’t explain it otherwise. My bike just went from underneath me. My face is a bit of a mess, but should heal OK”.
Another Facebook tribute read: “What?! Akis mate, you’ll be missed, saved me from homelessness many years ago. Terrible news”.
Mr Kollaros is the second cyclist to die in London this year, as well as on Hackney’s Roads. On 20 January, cyclist Stephanie Turner, 29, collided with a tipper truck on the corner of Seven Sisters Road and Amhurst Park Rd, as she rode to work.
The lorry driver stopped but was not arrested and is assisting police with inquiries.
Police are urging witnesses and anyone with information to call police on 0208-543-5157 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.