Man charged over death of Peterhouse medic

Michael Yoganayagam 4 August 2011

A man has been charged with causing death by careless driving, following the death of third-year medical undergraduate Mingwei Tan, from Peterhouse, in a hit-and-run incident in North London on 30th September last year.

Miss Tan was struck by a night bus outside the Royal Free Hospital in Haverstock Hill, London, in the early hours of the morning. The driver, Shahriar Firouzian from Watford, Hertfordshire, now aged 51 and unemployed, reportedly did not realise he had hit anyone. He was arrested on 1st October, and subsequently suspended by the Metroline bus company. He has now been charged, and is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on August 25th.

Following her death, Miss Tan, also President of the Cambridge University Karate Club, was described by Dr Robert Ross Russell, Director of Studies in Medicine at Peterhouse, as a “very bright, talented, and vivacious student, much loved by all who knew her”.

Michael Yoganayagam