WALTHAMSTOW: Mother pleads for hit-and-run culprit to come forward (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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WALTHAMSTOW: Mother pleads for hit-and-run culprit to come forward
THE mother of a hit-and-run victim has called for the culprit to hand themselves in, a year after her son's death.
Father-of-four Michael McLean, 46,died after being knocked off his bicycle by a car in Forest Road, Walthamstow, on August 28 last year.
The driver sped away and a year on, police have still not arrested anyone in connection with his death.
Mr McLean's mother Joyce Robinson, told the Guardian that she still cries every day over Mr McLean's death, and pleaded with the motorist, or anybody else with information about the fatal smash, to come forward.
Mrs Robinson, 65, of East Ham, said: ""From the first day I have tried but I still can't come to terms with it, especially as the person is still at large.
"The family is still grieving,, especially his four children still in Jamaica, who were not even able to attend the funeral.
"I watch the news and read about people dying in accidents in the papers, but you don't realise the pain until it happens to one of your own family members.
"I urge the person who did this, who took away the life of a son, to find a way of coming forward.
"It won't take away our grief but it may make us begin to feel a bit better in ourselves.
"One way or another there must have been some reason why the driver did not stop and see what happened."
Mr McLean lived in Brettenham Road with his wife Paula, 35.
He had four children in Jamaica, who he was in contact with, and also took an active role in bringing up his stepdaughter Chloe.
Police believe the car that hit Mr Mclean's bicycle, near to the junction with Winns Terrace, was dark green and was possibly a Vauxhall Vectra.
The accident happened at about 6am.
Anybody with information should call the Met Police Collision Investigation Unit on 8345 4943.