Hornchurch hit-and-run victim’s death ‘leaves huge hole in all our lives’
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The family of a hit-and-run victim who died last week have described him as a sincere and loving person.
Derek Bernstein, of Albany Road, Hornchurch, died after being struck by a vehicle a short walk from his home just after midnight on Thursday.
The 58-year-old was found to have critical injuries when the emergency services arrived at the scene – where Albany Road meets Hornchurch Road. London Ambulance Service pronounced him dead a short while later.
His widow, Linda, said: “There are no words that can express the deep and heartfelt sorrow we feel at the tragic loss of a loving husband, father, grandfather and sincere friend.
“Derek’s passing has left a huge hole, not just in our lives, but in the lives of all those lucky enough to have known him.”
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He was the father of two children – Michael, and Laura.
Flowers and messages have been laid at the end of the road where Mr Bernstein was hit by the car, including a West Ham football supporter’s scarf.
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A post-mortem, which took place at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, determined he died of multiple injuries.
Police are appealing for information about a black BMW 3 Series coupé which was seen on CCTV driving with two other cars around Hornchurch town centre shortly before the collision.
Detectives are urgently requesting the driver comes forward.
It is believed the BMW was stolen from the Hornchurch area on Wednesday, July 15 and has been driven on false “57” number plates since then.
Police would also like to speak with anyone who has information about the car, or who may know someone who has recently started driving a BMW that matches the description.
Detectives from the serious collision investigation unit at Chadwell Heath Traffic Garage are investigating and would like to speak with anyone who has information about the car or the collision.
Inquiries, including a review of local CCTV footage, continue. No arrests have been made at this stage of the investigation.
Any witnesses should contact police on 020 8597 4874 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.