The Metropolitan Police is asking for witnesses to the fatal accident at the junction of The Highway and Dellow Street this morning where a male pedestrian was hit by a car and left for dead. Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Police and London Ambulance Service (LAS) were called to a report of a man unresponsive in the road at 4.30 am and he was pronounced dead at 5.10 am. He remains unidentified.
The Highway was cordoned off by the MPS until mid-morning to allow investigations to be carried out at the scene.
Traffic was diverted through Wapping and traffic was disrupted as far away as Beckton roundabout.
The Limehouse Link tunnel was also closed.
If you saw anything or were in the area at the time of accident you are asked to contact the MPS Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8597 4874 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Full statement by Metropolitan Police
“Detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses and information after a man was killed in a collision in east London.
Police were called at 04:34hrs on Tuesday, 24 October to The Highway, at the junction with Dellow Street, E1, to reports of a male pedestrian unresponsive in the road.
Officers attended, along with the London Ambulance Service.
The pedestrian, a 26-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene at 05:10hrs.
Enquiries are underway to locate next of kin.
We await formal identification. A post-mortem will take place in due course.
It is believed that a vehicle collided with the pedestrian and made off from the scene.
Police have arrested three men aged between 18 and 19 on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
They were taken to an east London police station where they remain at this time.
The Serious Collision Investigation Unit based at Chadwell Heath are investigating and enquiries are ongoing.
Appeal for witnesses
Officers are particularly keen to hear from anyone who has dash cam footage of this incident.
Anyone who witnessed this incident and has not yet come forward should call detectives from Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8597 4874 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Yes, we are thinking exactly what you are thinking. However we should all remember that there is an investigation into a serious crime underway and should be careful not to make any comments, especially on social media, that might hamper this.
We should take a moment to pause and reflect on the loss of a life this morning and the family of the victim.
If you were in the area get in touch with the police and tell them what you know.