Police appeal after pedestrian is killed in hit and run
PUBLISHED: 09:06 23 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:11 30 July 2015
A man in his fifties died early this morning after being struck by a vehicle in Hornchurch.
Social media tributes to Derek
Natalie Curtis: Rest in paradise Derek, you were an absolute diamond xx
Jo Hodgskiss: Terrible news. Such a kind and generous man. Thinking of all Derek’s family and friends x
Giuseppe Milazzo: Very sad news. Derek was a ‘Top Bloke’. My thoughts are with his family.
Linda Deering Hewitt: I worked with Derek many years ago and will always remember him as a quiet gentleman. My thoughts are with his family. Sleep tight Derek. xxx
James Starzacher: What a shock. Remember Derek very well. Lovely guy and very sad news.
Matthew James: So very very tragic and sad – a wonderful man with a beautiful family. My heart goes out to them all at this truly difficult time. RIP Derek xx
Louise Reilly: My wonderful friend. A true gentleman. Loved by everyone that knew him. Can’t believe he is gone.
Simon Edmonds: No way! Can’t believe that, such a nice chap. RIP.
Steve Faulkner: Worked with Derek on and off over several years. Really nice guy. So sad to hear. My thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.
Mark Jones: Derek was such a nice guy, always with a smile and a kind word.
Steve Alison: Really nice bloke. Pleasure to have known him.
Mark Wilson: Derek was a lovely guy, always full of fun. Terrible thing to happen and thoughts go out to his family.
Detectives are urgently appealing for the driver of a black BMW 3 series which is believed to be involved in the fatal collision to come forward.
Officers were called to Albany Road, near the junction with Hornchurch Road, shortly after midnight to find a male pedestrian suffering from critical injuries after being struck by a car.
London Ambulance Service also attended and the man was pronounced dead at the scene a short while later.
Police are very keen to speak to the occupants of the BMW which was being driven in Hornchurch town centre in the company of two other cars shortly before the collision.
Enquiries are underway to trace its whereabouts and the driver with CCTV being examined.
Officers are in the process of informing next-of-kin and a post mortem examination will take place in due course.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call the witness line on 020 8597 4874 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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