Five men have been arrested after a woman was hit by a van in south London. The 44-year-old died a short while later, prompting the Met Police to launch a full investigation.
The woman died on Tuesday, April 18 after she was struck by the van in Atlas Gardens, Charlton, in south London.
Formal identification has yet to take place, but the woman has been named as Isabelle Stewart, who lived in the area.
London Ambulance Service and Metropolitan Police officers arrived after being called at 10.33pm.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics, she died a short while later.
Friends and family left flowers and a beer bottle at the cordoned off scene.
One tribute read: “We can’t believe it’s real. You will be missed so much.”
On Wednesday, April 19, a 23-year-old man was arrested by police on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
The next day, police made a further four arrests – two aged 23, a 28-year-old and a 31-year-old. They were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and violent disorder.
Police added that the woman’s next of kin has been informed, and specially trained family liaison officers will provide them and their family with support.
All five men have been bailed pending further enquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie, the senior investigating officer, said: “Firstly, my thoughts are with Isabelle’s family and friends. Our family liaison officers are supporting them at this difficult time and we are doing all we can to establish what happened to their loved one.
“We have made significant progress, however we will still need to hear from anyone with information about what happened.
“I would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw a white van or truck being driven erratically in the Charlton area between 22:00hrs and 22:45hrs on Tuesday night.
“We recognise the significant concern this incident would have caused, however we are confident there is no wider risk to the community. Local officers will remain in the area over the coming days and I would encourage anyone with concerns to speak with them directly”.
A post-mortem examination began on Thursday.
Please call 101 quoting CAD 9939/18Apr or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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