Family of 12-year-old Keaton killed in Coventry hit and run pay tribute to him as fundraiser reaches £32k - The Coventry Observer

Family of 12-year-old Keaton killed in Coventry hit and run pay tribute to him as fundraiser reaches £32k

Coventry Editorial 16th Jun, 2024 Updated: 16th Jun, 2024   0

THE FAMILY of 12-year-old Keaton Slater, who died after being hit by a car which failed to stop in Coventry, have paid tribute to the fun-loving youngster.

Investigators are today continuing work to trace the driver of the black BMW involved in the tragic collision in Radford Road shortly after 4.30pm on Friday.

Despite the efforts of paramedics Keaton was sadly pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

His family said: “We all will miss our fun-loving little comedian, he just wanted to make everyone laugh and smile.

“He was so beautiful inside and outside, our baby and little brother.

“Life can be so horrible.”

West Midlands Police seized a black BMW after it was found abandoned on Friday evening in New Arley and that is being forensically examined as we appeal again for the driver, or anyone else who was in the car, to come forward.

One person handed themselves in to officers at a police station yesterday evening and they have been voluntarily questioned. They have now been released under investigation.

Officers are retrieving and reviewing CCTV from around the area and we’ve spoken with a number of witnesses as enquiries continue.

Sgt Rich Evans from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “A family has lost a 12-year-old boy in an appalling incident and our thoughts remain with them.

“We are offering them support at this most dreadful of times, and we’re keeping them informed as our work to trace those responsible goes on.

“We’d like to thank all those people who have already contacted us with information and our enquiries are progressing.

“But we’d again appeal for those involved, or anyone who knows them, to search their consciences, do the right thing, and tell us what you know.”

Anyine with dashcam or doorbell camera footage, or CCTV who has not yet spoken to police is urged to get in touch.

Anyone with any information they believe will help should also let officers know.

Contact the police via Live Chat at, or by calling 101.

Alternatively, call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

A fundraising page set up for the family has now generated more than £32,000. Click here to donate or leave messages of support for the family.


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