A “wonderful” teenager who died after being hit by a car while riding an e-scooter in Bromley has been named, as his parents described their “unbearable loss”.
Junior Shay Alexander, 16, who lived locally, died in hospital after a red Fiat punto knocked him down at around 1.20am on Southborough Lane last Sunday, July 18, before fleeing the scene.
The car was discovered later the same morning nearby on Southwood Close.
The driver, a 20-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at a crash scene, causing death by dangerous driving and providing a positive alcohol breath test.
In a statement, Junior’s parents 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.”
The driver was taken into custody and later released on bail pending further enquiries.
He is next due on a date in early August.
Police are also investigating the disappearance of Junior’s e-scooter, which was removed from the scene as he lay on the ground with fatal injuries.
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 gofundme page launched to help with funeral expenses has already raised nearly £7,000 pounds.
It describes Junior as a “bright young boy who recently sat his GCSES and was expected to get all As.”
You can visit the page here.
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.
Local residents are also urged to check doorbell video cameras and 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.