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Cyclist arrested over London hit-and-run smash released

Victim: Cihan Sakine, 56, was hit by the cyclist on Tuesday night  

A hit and run cyclist has been released after video emerged showing the woman running into the road when the lights were green.

The victim, named as Cihan Sakine, 56, was knocked to the floor on a pelican crossing in Dalston, east London, on Tuesday night.

She is fighting for her life in hospital after being left with life-threatening injuries.

Police were hunting the man who was riding an electrical-powered bicycle after he failed to stop at the scene.

A 30-year-old man from Islington, north London, was arrested last night but released today under investigation after footage showed the woman crossing the road while it was green for vehicles.

CCTV obtained by The Sun showed the female running out into the path of the cyclist before she was instantly knocked down.

Witnesses described helping the injured cyclist get to his feet and pleaded with him to wait until the police arrived. But he disappeared and ditched his bike a mile away in Stoke Newington. 

Police released CCTV of a man suspected of the hit and run 

Police released CCTV of a man suspected of the hit and run 

Caleb Grab, 30, who witnessed the horrific crash, said: ‘Two cyclists were trying to dodge her but one hit her at the crossing. He must have been going at some speed to do that much damage.

‘One of the cyclists was bleeding from the head and dazed but only wanted to get out of there. He didn’t say anything and ran away pulling his bike with him.

‘People were telling him to wait for the police and get treatment. They tried to stop him.’

Emergency services arrived within minutes but were too late to catch the cyclist.

Mrs Sakine, who came to Britain from Turkey 20 years ago, is well-known in the Turkish community in Dalston. 

One concerned friend, who did not want to be named, visited her at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London, on Tuesday night.

‘We are all praying for Cihan but the doctors said she is in a bad way and we are all hoping she can pull through,’ the friend said. ‘She is very poorly and things do not look good at the moment.’   

Pictured: Emergency services closed off Kingsland High Street on Tuesday after a woman was mown down by an electric bike 

Pictured: Emergency services closed off Kingsland High Street on Tuesday after a woman was mown down by an electric bike 

This follows a number of fatal collisions between cyclists and pedestrians in recent years.

Kim Briggs was killed in February 2016 after cyclist Charlie Alliston crashed into her as she crossed the road on her lunch break.

Alliston was acquitted of manslaughter in September last year but convicted of causing bodily harm ‘by wanton and furious driving’ – an 1861 law relating to Victorian carriage driving.        

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