Parents’ memorial to their 16-year-old son who was killed while riding his e-scooter
A “wonderful son” was hailed as a teen murdered in a hit-and-run tragedy while riding an e-scooter yesterday. As authorities investigated the tragedy, junior Shay Alexander’s parents spoke of “unbearable grief.”
In Bromley, south-east London, the 16-year-old was killed after he was hit at great speed by a car that had strayed into the wrong side of the road. Later, a man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, causing death through unsafe driving, and failing to halt after an accident.
The family statement was released after Scotland Yard opened an investigation into an e-scooter crash that left a three-year-old girl with “life-changing” injuries.
The events emphasize the dangers of e-scooters, which can reach speeds of up to 68 mph while being impossible to see and hear.
Junior’s parents claimed they were “struggling to accept the truth that our darling kid is no longer with us.”
“He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, grandson, and all who knew him loved him,” they wrote.
On Sunday, shortly after 1 a.m., the adolescent died.
The automobile involved, a red Fiat Punto, was discovered abandoned by police, and the 20-year-old driver was released on bail awaiting further investigation.
A 46-year-old guy was also arrested on suspicion of stealing Junior’s scooter from the scene.
After the girl was knocked down at Myatt’s Fields Park in Camberwell, south London, police have issued a call for the rider to come forward.
She is still in critical condition at the hospital.
Only e-scooters rented as part of government-sponsored trials, with a maximum speed of 15 mph, are legal to ride on public roadways.