Published: 10:36, 21 July 2021
| Updated: 16:09, 21 July 2021
A 16-year-old who died after the electric scooter he was riding collided with a car has been named.
Junior Shay Alexander was travelling in Southborough Lane, Bromley, at 1.20am on Sunday when he was involved in the hit-and-run.
Police and paramedics found Junior, who lived locally, with serious injuries. His e scooter had been stolen from the scene.
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.
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 of the car involved in the collision, a red Fiat Punto, did not stop at the scene.
The vehicle was discovered later the same morning in 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 drink driving. He was taken into custody and later released on bail pending further inquiries.
Officers are also investigating the disappearance of the e scooter that was being ridden at the time of the collision. It is 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 e scooter. He was arrested on suspicion of theft and later released under investigation.
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.
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.