Tragic accident outside my Croydon office
On Sunday, just before 9am, Jeyaratnam Kandiah was using the zebra crossing directly outside my office, when he was hit by a dark BMW which failed to stop.
Mr Kandiah was sadly pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics, and a doctor who happened to be driving past, worked to try to save his life.
The Croydon Advertiser reports that Mr Kandiah arrived in the UK in 2000 after fleeing the troubles in Sri Lanka. He moved to Croydon eight years ago and lived just yards from the crossing. I know he will be sorely missed by his friends and family, all of whom are in my thoughts at this tragic time.
Witnesses say that the driver went through a red light and was driving at around 60mph on the Wickham Road. After the accident, the driver slowed down, looked back and then drove off.
Police officers investigating the collision have asked for anyone who was in the area at the time of the collision and witnessed this incident to come forward. They are still trying to trace the driver of the BMW, which they say would have received damage to its front.
Anyone with information should call 0208 285 1574 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.