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Family left ‘broken’ by mum’s tragic Holloway Road death

Son tells of sadness after 50-year-old was killed in Holloway Road motorbike collision

23 October, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Constantin Covaci with his mum Doina. The family are now raising money for her body to flown back to her Romanian homeland for burial

A SON says his family have been left “broken” after his mother was killed in a collision as she tried to cross Holloway Road.

Doina Covaci, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene on Monday night after she was struck by a motorbike while stepping out near the junction with Windsor Road.

Eyewitnesses said they heard screams of “help” as her husband, Marin, who had been standing next to her moments before the incident, fought desperately to save her life.

Ms Covaci’s son, Constantin, speaking publically for the first time, told the Tribune: “Everybody is broken. I am worried for my father. He was with her at the moment she died. My mum just put one leg in front of him and the motorbike hit her.”

Police at the scene of the collision

Yordanos Asmelash, who came out of the nearby Bisha Eritrean restaurant that she runs after hearing the crash, said: “I believe you should help as much as you can, so I immediately jumped to her. Her husband was on top of her pushing her chest, trying to save her, and he was screaming and shouting for help.”

An officer in a passing police car stepped in to help before paramedics arrived, Ms Asmelash added. The male motorcyclist was taken to hospital where his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Constantin, who lives in Stoke-on-Trent, received a phone call from his sister, also called Doina, at the scene and drove to London with his wife Anna that evening.

“I started crying. I couldn’t believe her, I said, ‘it can’t be true’,” he told the Tribune after laying candles near the spot where his mother died.

“Mum loved life, she was happy, she liked to joke. She lived for her family. Even in hard times she would put the family first.”

Marin and Doina

Mother-of-five Doina, who lived in Seven Sisters Road, moved to the UK in 2015. She grew up in Piatra Neamt in north-east Romania. While raising five children she worked for 15 years as a cleaner and continued to work in the same role at a restaurant when she came to London.

Mr Covaci said: “She was a lovely, funny person. She was the perfect wife and the perfect mother.

“I love you so much, Mum, please come back home.”

He added: “She came here to make a better life. And now this.”

The family are taking her body back to Romania be buried.

Police have launched an investigation into the collision. Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101 quoting CAD5364/19Oct.


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