Pedestrian dies after being struck by a car in Sutton
A pedestrian has died after being struck by a car in the early hours of this morning.
The man in his 40s, was hit while walking along Wrythe Lane at the junction with Welbeck Road.
Emergency services, including firefighters from Sutton fire station, were called to the collision just before 1am, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police officers are in the process of contacting the victim's next of kin and a post mortem examination will take place in due course.
The driver, another man in 40s, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.
He remains in custody at south London police station.
One eyewitness who does not want to be named, said she called ambulance and police after hearing beeping and a loud bang.
She said: “When I came outside the man was under a black Ford Ka, I could just see him under the car.
“A van had been coming down the road and the driver said he had seen the man was in the road. He said he beeped and flashed his lights to try and warn the Ka which was coming in the opposite direction, but he just didn’t see him- he just drove straight through him.
“The driver of the car was drunk, he couldn’t speak from the shock. He didn’t try and get away he was just standing there.
“We wanted to move the car but were worried we might drop it. The ambulance arrived first and then the police.
"They looked and said we needed to move the car, so about 10 people that were around lifted the car off him and the ambulance crew pulled him out.
“It was horrible, I can still see it. They have cleaned the blood but the marks are there and I know what it is. I did call the hospital but they wouldn’t tell me anything because I’m not family. It was one of the most horrific things I’ve ever seen.”
Witnesses should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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