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Family pays tribute to 94-year-old who died in Finchley Road crash

Alex Odogwu died in April

15 August, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Alex Odogwu

TRIBUTES have been paid to a 94-year-old man who died after a collision with a lorry just yards from his retirement home.

Alex Odogwu was pronounced dead in Finchley Road, outside Finchley and Frognal station, on April 4.

The Met, which is still trying to piece together what happened, have this week issued a fresh plea for witnesses or anyone with “dash-cam” footage.

Mr Odogwu’s 58-year- old son Andre told the New Journal: “He will be remembered fondly. He admired his children and wanted us to study hard. Obviously it was a shock how he died, I wasn’t ready for that either. We all expect our parents to die of natural causes.”

Mr Odogwu was born in Nigeria in 1924 and moved to Notting Hill as an adult, where he had three children with his wife Stella, who died in 2001.

He worked as a shipping broker at a multinational company for his entire career before retiring in the 1990s. Even in his older age, he tried to remain independent.

Andre, who grew up in Notting Hill, said: “He had a shipping degree, he was very much into his study- ing. He was a good academic, he used to read a lot.

“He was very much into learning. He was a big believer in education in terms of schools and degrees.”

The scene in April

For the past 10 years, Mr Odogwu lived in the Spring Grove retirement home in Finchley Road, just a short walk from the crash scene.

The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and is continuing to assist police with enquires, the Met said. No one has been arrested.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Sid Acharya, of the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “This collision took place on a busy road and I am sure that there are people out there who have information that could help complete the picture we are building of the sequence of events that led to Mr Odogwu’s death.

“If you have any information at all, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please call me.”

Anyone with information or dash-cam footage connected to the incident is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0208 246 9820.

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