Friday 19 January 2018

Teenage Leicester City fan killed in hit-and-run before he got to see beloved team win league

Teenager's family appeal over hit-and-run death of 'perfect son, grandson and friend'

Samuel Garner Credit: Leicestershire Police/PA Wire
Samuel Garner Credit: Leicestershire Police/PA Wire

Matthew Cooper

The family of a teenage hit-and-run victim have described him as the "perfect son, grandson and friend".

Leicester City supporter Samuel Garner, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene after being knocked down by a stolen BMW late on Sunday.

The keen wrestling fan was on his way to celebrate a friend's birthday when he was struck as he crossed Welford Road in Leicester.

In a statement paying tribute to the teenager, his parents, Scott and Tracie Garner, urged the public to help find those responsible for his death.

They said: "Samuel was the perfect son, grandson and friend. He was thoughtful, loving and had a great sense of humour.

"He was due to turn 18 tomorrow and we were going to fly out to Prague this morning to celebrate.

"He loved watching wrestling and had achieved his second degree black belt in taekwondo.

"He spent Sunday afternoon with his family watching the Leicester City match before heading into the city centre, wearing his white LCFC football shirt, with some friends to celebrate a friend's birthday.

"He was looking forward to going to a nightclub for the first time and was a typical teenager who loved all sorts of music.

"His paternal grandparents, Glenn and Paula, had bought him tickets to see Kasabian at the King Power Stadium for his 18th birthday and he was due to start an apprenticeship next week.

"He was our world and will always be in our hearts. Help the police find who was responsible. If you've heard any rumours about who the driver was, please come forward."

Samuel, of Hamilton, Leicester, was hit by a 5 Series BMW near Leicester Prison and was pronounced dead at the scene. A teenage girl suffered minor injuries.

The BMW had been stolen from the Blaby area last Friday and was found burnt out in College Road, Whetstone, at around 3.45am on Monday.

Detective Sergeant Mark Partridge, from East Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "We are in the process of gathering as much information as possible about the collision and the events leading up to it.

"We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the BMW prior to the collision.

"Did you see it driving around the city centre or have you heard any rumours about who the driver or the occupants are? Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us find those responsible."

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