TRAGIC DEATH: Tamika Malo, pictured with partner Dwight Dennis, was hit and killed by a car
DISTRAUGHT FAMILY members of a mother killed by a car as she stepped out of a taxi described her as “loving and caring” and said they were “shocked and devastated” by her death.
Volunteer teaching assistant Tamika Malo lost her life as she rushed to meet her seven-year-old daughter Taleyah, who was returning from a sleepover.
The mother was struck by a Honda Civic in front of her family home in Lordship Road, Hackney, on Saturday, October 12.
Witnesses described seeing the driver of the Civic crash into a brick wall and trap Malo underneath the car.
The 30-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene when the police and ambulance arrived.
The male driver of the Civic was arrested on suspicion of causing the death by dangerous driving.
Malo’s partner of 11 years, Dwight Dennis, told the Evening Standard: “Why, why take her away from me now?
"I was the luckiest man in the world I had the best mother to my child. She was my queen and our daughter is our princess.”
His sister Katrina Davis, said the family is comforted by the fact that Malo did not suffer.
She added: “She was coming home to meet her daughter who had stayed over at a friend’s.
"She took being a mother really seriously. That was the most important thing to her, so this happened while she was trying to be there for her daughter to meet her and be there for her.”