A “beautiful” teenage boy killed in a hit-and-run crash involving a suspected drink driver in South London has been named.
Junior Shay Alexander, 16, was riding an e-scooter in Southborough Lane, Bromley, when he was hit by a car at around 1.20am on Sunday (July 18).
Police and paramedics rushed to the scene and Junior was taken to a Central London hospital, but later died of his injuries.
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In a statement, Junior’s parents described the pain of having to deal with the “unbearable loss” of their son.
They said: “We are still in shock and struggling to come to terms with the fact that our beautiful son is gone. He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, grandson and all those who knew him loved him.
“As we continue to deal with his unbearable loss we would ask that any witnesses to the incident please contact police. Any information – no matter how small – could be relevant.”
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The driver of the car involved in the crash, a red Fiat Punto, did not stop at the scene.
The vehicle was later discovered the same morning Southwood Close, Bromley.
The driver, a 20-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of a collision, causing death by dangerous driving and providing a positive alcohol breath test.
He was taken into custody and later released on bail while police continue to investigate.
Officers are also investigating the disappearance of the e-scooter that was being ridden by Junior at the time of the collision – they believe it was stolen.
On Monday (July 19), a 46-year-old man attended a South London police station in possession of the e-scooter. He was arrested on suspicion of theft and later released under investigation.
A spokesperson for Metropolitan Police said: “Officers investigating a fatal road traffic collision in Bromley continue to appeal for information as the teenager who died following the incident has been named.
“Officers attended with London Ambulance Service paramedics and found a 16-year-old boy, who had been riding the e-scooter, with serious injuries. He was taken to a Central London hospital where he sadly died. His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
“He has been named as Junior Shay Alexander, who lived locally.”
Local residents are being urged to doorbell video cameras, while drivers who were in the area are asked to look back on dash-cam footage to see if they have captured anything related to the collision or the vehicles involved.
Anyone who saw the collision, witnessed the removal of the e-scooter, or who saw a red Fiat Punto being driven in the area at around 1.20am, is urged to call police on 0208 285 1574, providing the reference 775/18JUL.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.
Would you like to pay tribute to Junior? Email [email protected]