MP calls for 20mph speed limit following island death
Tributes have been paid to a popular teenage motorcyclist who died in an accident on Westferry Road on Saturday afternoon.
The death of 19-year-old Tom Spiteri, which happened in mid-afternoon after an incident involving a car, has led to calls for a 20 mph speed limit to be introduced on the Isle of Dogs.
Following the accident, the crash scene was covered in flowers, while by Tuesday hundreds of grieving friends and relatives had posted condolences on a Facebook page.
A spokeswoman for London Ambulance said an ambulance crew, cycle and motorcycle response and a doctor were sent to the scene off Napier Avenue just before 4.30pm on Saturday.
Tom, the motorcyclist, was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the car, a man in his 30s, was taken to Royal London hospital as a precaution. Police made no arrests.
An inquest was opened and adjourned at Poplar Coroners on Tuesday.
Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick wrote to Tower Hamlets Council following Tom's death calling for a 20mph limit on the island's roads.
He also called on Transport Minister Philip Hammond to put the limit on all urban roads.
Mr Fitzpatrick said: "I recognise the devastating effect that road deaths have on the families involved and on the winder community.
"It's a problem that can, and must, be tackled through individuals making a commitment to slowing down in the community."
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Road Death Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath on 020 8597 4874.