Bus stop crash victim was promising footballer

One of the three teenagers killed after they were hit by a car while standing near a bus stop has been named as Harry Rice.

The youngster was a promising footballer and had signed with semi-pro side Farnborough Town FC following a successful trial.

The three victims – believed to be aged around 16 – have, along with Harry, been named in tributes at the scene as George and Josh.

The teenagers were close to a bus stop when a black Audi collided with them in Hayes, west London, at around 8.40pm on Friday night.

Among the messages was a card that read: “George Boy, I love you so much, love Kev, Vinnie.”

Another said: “I thought I would never have to write this and I don’t know what to write but I will always love and miss you millions.”

The Audi after the collision

Image: The Audi pictured after the collision

The trio were among a larger group of teenagers, the rest of whom avoided injury.

It is believed the Audi mounted the pavement just outside the entrance to a nearby Esso petrol station and travelled a few metres down the road before colliding with a lamp post.

A 28-year-old man who was in the car was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment. Once discharged, he will be taken into custody, police say.

Local councillor Janet Gardner described the collision as “incredibly sad”.

She said: “My heart breaks for the parents and families and friends of those killed. I cannot begin to imagine how they are going to cope with the loss of such special young people.”

Floral tributes left at the scene

Image: Flowers and messages have been left at the scene

Police have confirmed that the crash is not being treated as terror-related.

Staff at the Esso garage on Shepiston Lane said a group of teenagers had been fighting at the entrance to the forecourt shortly before the crash, with one cashier revealing that police inspected the CCTV footage of the brawl.

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:: Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit directly on 0208 991 9555, quoting reference 7843 of 26 January, or call 101 or tweet @MetCC. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit crimestoppers-uk.org

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