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Victim named in Croydon fatal collision

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Victim named in Croydon fatal collision

Detectives have named the victim of a fatal fail-to-stop collision in Croydon as they continue to appeal for witnesses to the incident.

Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 03:11hrs on Monday, 30 May to reports of a car in collision with a cyclist outside the BP garage on Mitcham Road. The car failed to stop at the scene.

Officers and London’s Air Ambulance also attended. Despite the efforts of emergency services, the cyclist died a short time later.

His family are being supported by specially trained officers. They have given permission for him to be named as Stewart Grainger, 49, from Crawley.

In a statement, Stewart's family said: "Losing Stewart has left an immeasurable amount of pain and grief in the hearts of all that knew him. Stewart being taken leaves behind a partner of ten years, two sons, two stepsons and a stepdaughter who he treated as his own, brothers, sisters and his unborn grandson.

"Stewart was a kind and loving man who would do anything for those that asked without hesitation. Stewart was a true inventor and had incredible talent to bring his ideas to life.

"Life will never be the same for any of us. Nothing will be able to ease the pain of losing Stewart. A fantastic and great man has been taken away from us. If anyone saw or knows anything about the incident that took Stewart, please come forward."

A man, aged in his 30s, presented himself to a south London police station 12 hours after the collision, where he was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

He has been released on bail pending further investigation.

If you saw the collision or captured the incident, or the events leading up the incident, on dash cam officers want to hear from you.

You can:

- call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8285 1574;
- call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting reference CAD 737/30May;
- to remain 100% anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.