A 16-year-old girl has died after a car allegedly ploughed into a group of teenagers.
A man, in his 30s, has been arrested after a red Audi A3 convertible hit seven teenagers walking back from a birthday party in Croydon, just after 1.20am.
The man attended a south London police station this afternoon and he was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
The driver fled the scene the on foot before it is believed his car lost control at a corner and careered into the group.
Police said there is nothing to suggest the car, which was travelling ‘incredibly quickly’, was deliberately driven at the teenagers.
They are also ruling out the possibility of it being terror-related.
Emergency services were scrambled to Pixton Way, in Croydon, just before 1.30am, but the girl could not be saved and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Six other teenagers, walking with the girl from a party at the Forestdale Forum, were rushed to hospital. None of their injuries are said to be life-threatening.
Now, a woman has come forward claiming she was at a party with the driver half an hour before it happened.
The woman, who refused to give her name, told the Croydon Advertiser: ‘He is a lovely guy, but I won’t defend him.
‘It’s one moment of complete stupidity, but all you can do is think of that poor girl’s family.’
Detectives from the Serious Collisions Investigation Unit are investigating and continue to appeal for information and witnesses to come forward.
The victim’s next of kin have been informed.
Anyone with information or anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Catford on 020 8285 1574, or police via 101. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Original Article: Metro