Girlfriend of superbike-riding Uber driver killed in crash with black cab: ‘He was a kind soul’

The girlfriend of an Uber driver killed when his superbike collided with a black cab near Marble Arch today described him as “a kind soul”.

Marian Suruianu, 25, was thrown from his white Suzuki bike early on Sunday morning when he hit the side of the taxi at the junction of Bayswater Road and Hyde Park Street.

The Romanian had moved to the UK three years ago to send money home to his family after his father died.

He was on his way back from a ride with fellow bikers when the accident happened shortly after midnight.

In his last Facebook message less than 12 hours earlier he had posted a picture of his bike at Alexandra Palace with the caption “feeling happy”.

Mr Suruianu’s girlfriend Maria Caval, who lived with him in Burnt Oak, said: “He was an amazing person and a kind soul, he was just wonderful.” She added on Facebook: “I will always love you my baby. On Sunday the love of my life faded. I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye. May you rest in peace.”

Mr Suruianu bought his “dream” bike eight months ago. This year, he became an uncle when his niece Andrea-Maria was born. His friend Georgiana said: “Now he will never get to see his niece grow up. She was his whole life.”

She added: “He worked so hard to save up for that bike. It was always his dream and he finally got it but that’s what killed him in the end.

“Riding motorcycles was his first love. He was always so careful because he needed his licence to work.”

Mr Suruianu’s best friend Christian Brute was driving his Uber taxi when he came across the police blockade at the crash site. He said: “A friend rang to tell me he [Mr Suruianu] was involved and I thought it was a bad joke. But I got to the road and could see the blue tent where his body was. We were supposed to meet up later that day. You just couldn’t be sad around him, he was always smiling and laughing. It is not fair.” More than a dozen bouquets of flowers have been laid at the scene.

Mr Suruianu’s sister Gabriela has appealed for help to take his body to Romania after being told it would cost £8,000. She hopes to bury him in Pechea, next to his father.

The driver of the black cab stopped at the scene. No arrests have been made.

Witnesses should contact the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 FREE.