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UK: Thousands Sign Petition For Release Of ‘Hero’ Driver Who Hit Knife Attacker

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a driver, who hit a knife attacker with his car, not to face criminal charges.

People have branded the 26-year-old driver a “hero”, after he was arrested on suspicion of murder of 41-year-old Leon McCaskre, who stabbed his ex-partner Yasmin Chkaifi to death.

Several people had tried to stop McCaskre before the driver hit him in Maida Vale on Monday morning. He was hit by a car on Chippenham Road in Maida Vale, west London, at about 9am on Monday, police said.

Witnesses tried to intervene to save the 43-year-old woman but she was fatally injured by the attacker.

According to detectives, the woman knew her attacker, who also died at the scene. The Met Police said it was not aware of any links between the driver and the two people who died.

Victim – Yasmin Chkaifi

The force said it is not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Firefighters managed to free the man from underneath the car, but despite the efforts of paramedics, both people were declared dead at the scene.

Relatives of Chkaifi have also praised the driver for intervening. One of her two sons told MailOnline that McCaskre was “a monster”.

“It was a very abusive relationship which got worse after the divorce,” he said.

“My mother was continually being harassed and intimidated by this man.

“He made her life hell.

“I was always in touch with the police but they did nothing to help her.

“There was even a panic alarm installed in our flat – that’s how scared she was of this man.”

The driver has been released on bail until late February, while the police investigation continues.