Police searching for the hit-and-run driver of a vehicle involved in a collision that killed a teenage cyclist say they have been “inundated” with responses to an appeal for information. The motorist has still not been identified, however, and a fresh appeal will be made at a Premier League football match this afternoon.
Adam Jones, aged 15 and from Wednesbury in the West Midlands, was killed on the evening of Thursday 26 March when he was hit by a dark blue Volkswagen Bora at the junction of Beacon View Road and Walsall Road in West Bromwich.
Police say the vehicle involved was “callously abandoned” as the driver ran off without summoning help for the dying teenager, who had been thrown through the windscreen.
They add that pictures released of it have now been viewed more than a million times through social media, with the hashtag #Justice4adamjones being used.
Like his family, Adam was a fan of local club West Bromwich Albion and images of the vehicle, which has the registration number MA52 XVV, will appear on the big screens at the team’s home match with Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.
Inspector Paul Bennett, of the Collision Investigation Unit, at West Midlands Police, said: “We have been overwhelmed with the response to our appeal and I would like to thank everyone who has contacted us, although I would still urge anyone who has information, no matter how small they think it is to contact us.
"Every piece of information is vital in an enquiry as thorough as this.
“We are continuing to sift through all the information we have as well as conducting a detailed examination of the car which includes a full forensic examination and any evidence will be fast-tracked.”
He added: “Our thoughts remain with Adam’s family and we are determined to find the person responsible for his death to help them come to terms with their loss.
“I would appeal to the driver of the car directly to contact us.”
Anyone who has information is asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Simon joined road.cc 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.