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Updated: Police seek hit and run driver who killed teenage cyclist

Fatal incident occurred in Wednesbury, West Midlands, yesterday evening - police release images of car involved

West Midlands Police have released images of vehicle involved in a hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of 15-year-old Adam Jones as he crossed a road junction with his bike yesterday evening.

They add that a 24-year-old man who was initially arrested has been released after it emerged he had nothing to do with the incident, which took place yesterday evening shortly before 7.40pm at the junction of Beaconview Road and Walsall Road, Friar Park, Wednesbury.

The pictures show the extent of the damage caused to the Volkswagen Bora when Adam was thrown through its windscreen, and police have appealed for the driver, who abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene, to come forward.

Inspector Paul Bennett, head of the Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This was a shocking collision which has cost a young man his life and we are determined to find the person responsible for his death.

"The driver of the vehicle would have known that Adam had suffered catastrophic injuries, yet he still ran away without seeking medical assistance for him. I am appealing to him directly to do the right thing and come forward.

"I would also like to hear from anyone who recognises the car and knows who uses it, possibly having seen it parked outside an address or worked on it in a garage, to help us trace the driver."

Police say the bright blue car, registration number MA52 XVV and with distinctive stickers on the rear windscreen, was sold several months ago and they have eliminated the registered keeper from their investigation.

Anyone with information is aksed to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1989 of 26 March.

West Midlands Ambulance Service despatched an ambulance, a paramedic support officer and a paramedic in a rapid response car to the scene yesterday evening.

In a statement a spokesman said: “Crews attended a road traffic collision involving a car and cyclist.

“Sadly, despite the efforts of ambulance crews nothing could be done to save the cyclist involved. He was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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