Witness Sought After Hit'n'Run

Police investigating a fatal road crash near Sittingbourne in which a 14 year old cyclist died want to trace a key witness they believe may be able to help them.

14 year old Kyle Coen was killed on the A2 London Road in Bapchild  when he was hit by a Fiat Bravo as he cycled to meet his girlfriend at about 9.15pm on Monday July 30.

Detective Sergeant Scott Lynch said police wanted to trace a man who was seen with a small dog just before the crash near Bapchild Cricket Club.

He said: "We have received a good response to our initial witness appeal. I would like to trace a man who was seen with a small dog just prior to the collision on the Bapchild side.

"It is understood he assisted after the collision and he may have information that is helpful to our investigation.''

A 27-year-old woman and 23-year-old man were arrested in connection with the crash and have been released on bail while the investigation continues. They will return to a police station in Kent at a later date.

Following the Sittingbourne Community College pupil's death, friends, including Kyle's 14-year-old girlfriend Donna Clarke, laid flowers at the scene of the crash.

She said: "Kyle was really lovely. He was the best boyfriend you could have. I don't want anyone to forget about him. He was always caring. Hopefully he will look down on us.''

Kyle's 14-year-old best friend, Alex Stock, also laid flowers outside the cricket club with his mother Linda and said he could not believe what had happened.

His mother said Alex and Kyle were "inseparable'' and had spent Monday together before parting. Mrs Stock said it was only by ``sheer luck'' that her son was not with Kyle when he died.

Speaking at the scene, she said: "I know this isn't the first accident on this road. It goes from 30mph to 60mph and back to 30mph very quickly. Kyle was a good lad, never in trouble. It just isn't fair and I feel so sorry for his family and friends.

"They are such a close-knit group and it has devastated them. They are young and they think that things like this aren't going to happen.''

Witnesses or anyone with information should call the serious collision investigation unit on 01622 798538

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