‘Our beautiful son’: Heartbroken parents’ tribute to teenager killed in e-scooter hit-and-run
The teenager killed in a hit-and-run incident while riding an e-scooter in southeast London has been named as Junior Shay Alexander.
Officers were called to Southborough Lane, Bromley, in the early hours of Sunday morning following reports of a collision involving a car and an e-scooter, and found the 16-year-old with serious injuries.
He later died in hospital.
Junior’s parents said they were “struggling to come to terms with the fact that our beautiful son is gone”.
In a statement, they said: “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 car, a red Fiat Punto, did not stop following the collision and was discovered later that same morning in Southwood Close, Bromley.
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The driver, a 20-year-old man, has been 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 pending further enquiries. He is next due to appear on a date in early August.
#APPEAL | A 16-year-old boy who died after a collision between an e-scooter and a car in Southborough Lane, #Bromley has been named as Junior Shay Alexander.
The e-scooter being ridden at the time was also believed to have been stolen from the scene.
On Monday, a 46-year-old man attended a south London police station in possession of the scooter, and he was arrested on suspicion of theft and later released under investigation.
Local residents have been urged to check doorbell video cameras, and drivers in the area asked to revisit any dash cam footage they may have.
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 01:20hrs, 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.