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Central City News: Call for action over death of bike rider; BALSALL HEATH: Residents want traffic calming measures after cyclist killed.

Byline: By Jasbir Authi

MEMBERS of a neighbourhood group are calling for traffic calming measures after a cyclist was knocked off his bike and killed by an unqualified driver.

Fitness fanatic Asif Sindhu, aged 33, was struck by motorist Shoaa Faisl Saeed at the junction of Lincoln Street, Hallam Street and Edward Road in Balsall Heath last September.

The Birmingham Mail told earlier this month how she had no valid driving licence or insurance.

But she escaped with combined fines of just pounds 950 plus pounds 150 costs and driving bans totalling two-and-a-half years.

Now members of the Mary Street Residents Association in Balsall Heath have collected 800 signatures appealing for traffic calming measures to be installed on one half of Edward Road.

Campaigner Gwyneth Carragher, 54, of Louise Lorne Road, Moseley, said: "The gentleman who passed away was a decent member of the community but the courts seemed to think little of his life.

"We have a petition up for him and want traffic calming in Balsall Heath in his memory.

"One half of Edward Road, close to Moseley Road, has traffic calming measures and the other half hasn't.

"Asif's death gave us the focus we need to change things. It was horrible and we do not want children to see anything like it again."

Mrs Carragher, a grandmother-ofeight, and her retired friend Edna Shaw presented former councillor Khalid Khan with the petition and are awaiting a response from Birmingham City Council.

Single Asif, of Moorcroft Road, Moseley, was not wearing a helmet when he was fatally injured on September 7.

He suffered major head injuries and died in hospital.

Saeed, 42, of Cole Valley Road, Hall Green, was convicted of driving without due care and attention, two charges of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and two of having no insurance at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.

Two of the charges related to a second incident when she was again found driving without a licence and insurance, three months after Asif died.

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VICTIM... fitness fanatic Asif Sindhu was a respected member of the community.
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Date:Aug 16, 2007
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