Officers are urging witnesses who haven’t spoken to police to come forward with information about a collision in Sittingbourne which fatally injured a teenager.
Serious Collision Investigation Unit officers are investigating the incident which happened at around 10.42am on 16 April near the Tonge Road junction with Portland Avenue, Sittingbourne.
The collision involved a 17-year-old boy who was a pedestrian. He sustained serious head injuries before being flown to a London hospital where he later died on the evening of 19 April.
At the same time of the collision there was a large gathering nearby and officers are keen to talk to those who witnessed the collision or who have information about the vehicles involved and haven’t yet spoken to police.
Several vehicles are believed to have been removed from the scene following the incident and investigators are keen to trace those vehicles and the respective owners.
Police Sergeant Jason Heather of Kent Police’s SCIU said: ‘Police continue to search for the vehicles involved in the collision that were removed from the scene.
‘Now we know the full severity of the tragic circumstances, I would encourage those who have any knowledge of the vehicles’ whereabouts to take time to reflect and use this opportunity to come forward and provide us with any information you have to assist the investigation team and the family in understanding exactly what happened.’
Robert Varrier, 29 from Sittingbourne, was charged on 19 April with one count of causing death by dangerous driving, one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one count of failing to stop following a road traffic accident.
Mr Varrier appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court by video link on 20 April and was remanded in custody to appear before Maidstone Crown Court on 18 May.
A 21-year-old man from Sittingbourne who was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, theft of a motor vehicle and driving without a licence or insurance has been released pending further enquiries.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has mobile phone footage or dashcam footage of the vehicles involved can call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit appeal line on 01622 798538 quoting reference DB/LB/037/20. Alternatively email [email protected]
Kent Police is also investigating reports of a number of people riding motorbikes in a disruptive and anti-social manner in the same area on the same day as the serious collision.
Separate to the collision investigation, officers arrested and charged Thomas Ripley, 24, of Star Lane, Orpington with dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving without the correct licence.
He appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court on 18 April where he pleaded guilty and was remanded to appear before Maidstone Crown Court at a future date to be set.
Shane Ripley, 32, of Miller Close, Sittingbourne, was also charged with the same offences and bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 16 June 2020.