Man killed in freak AA recovery van crash in South Croydon named as Abdullah Haji Weli Bakar
A motorist who died in a freak crash when his car broke loose from an AA tow van has been named by police.
Abdullah Haji Weli Bakar, 48, from Croydon, died of head injuries on Tuesday when his Vauxhall Zafira veered into a verge in Coombe Lane, detached from the recovery van and collided with an oncoming car.
He was pronounced dead less than two hours later, at 10.55am. Next of kin have been informed.
A post-mortem examination held at Croydon Mortuary this morning recorded the cause of death as a head injury.
The driver of the second car was treated for minor chest injuries at Croydon University Hospital.
The Metropolitan Police's road death unit is investigating the crash, which happened at the junction with Lloyd Park Avenue.
The car had been pulled by an AA recovery van
The Met said it appeared Mr Bakar's car had been connected to the recovery truck by a rigid bar and broke free when it swerved into a roadside bank.
An AA spokesman said: "We would like to express our sincere condolences to the member’s family.
"While the circumstances are under investigation, we are unable to comment further."
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