Police arrest man over hit-and-run crash that left boy, 12, dead


Police have arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of killing a 12-year-old boy in a hit-and-run crash in Coventry.

West Midlands Police said officers are continuing to search a second man – Dolars Aleksanders, 21, after Keaton Slater was struck by a black BMW, believed to contain four men, in Radford Road shortly after 4.30pm on Friday.

The boy was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Keaton’s family have paid tribute to a “fun-loving little comedian” who was “so beautiful inside and out”.

The Coventry City fan was pronounced dead at the scene. Pic: Coventry Police/ X

Police are searching for Dolars Aleksanders. Pic: West Midlands Police

A BMW vehicle found abandoned on Friday evening in New Arley is being forensically examined.

The 21-year-old was arrested at an address in Coventry at about 4am on Tuesday and remains in custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

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Police are still appealing for the public’s help in finding Aleksanders, who is also wanted on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

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Detective Inspector Sam Lewis, of the West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We believe there were four people in the car at the time, and we are working hard to understand their involvement in the night’s tragic events.

Keaton was described as ‘so beautiful inside and out’ . Pic: West Midlands Police

“One of those is being treated as a witness, while another has been voluntarily interviewed and released under investigation.

“We believe the man in custody today was also in the car, as was Dolars Alexsanders.

“We continue to support Keaton’s family at this time, and they and the officers have been touched by the huge outpouring of support there has been since Friday.”

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