Deptford hit-and-run suspect to stand trial

The ghost bike for Adeyanju on Deptford Church Street. Pic: Laurence Dodds

The man accused of killing a teenage cyclist in Deptford in a hit-and-run incident will go on trial at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday October 2.

Barry Normah, 28, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident and could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

Olatunji Johnson Adeyanju, known as TJ, was killed when he was hit by a car at a pedestrian crossing in Deptford Church Street on March 23.

As the trial prepares to go to court, a ‘ghost bike‘ has appeared at the crossing where Adeyanju died, and flowers had been left on a nearby railing.

Pic: Laurence Dodds

Ghost bikes are white-painted bicycles left locked up near the scenes of cyclist deaths as memorials for those who died and as reminders to drive and cycle safely.

Olatunji’s head teacher Ann Potter, of Addey and Stanhope secondary school, described him as an “outstanding” and “unfailingly cheerful” pupil who “had a great future ahead of him.”

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