A MAN has been charged with murder after a teenager was killed in a hit and run smash.
Lauren Malt, 19, was rushed to hospital after a crash in a cul-de-sac in West Winch, Norfolk, on Sunday evening, but tragically died a short time later.
Lauren Malt died after being hit by a car in West Winch, NorfolkCredit: Facebook / Lauren Malt
The 19-year-old was rushed to hospital but died a short time laterCredit: Facebook / Lauren Malt
Cops were called to the scene in Leete Way shortly before 7.30pm to reports of a disturbance and that a woman had been hit by a car.
The driver, 44-year-old Nigel Malt, was arrested and has now been charged with murder.
He has been remanded in police custody to appear before Norwich Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.
A Home Office post-mortem examination carried out today has established Lauren’s preliminary cause of death as chest and abdominal injuries.
Police say initial enquiries on the night of the incident led to officers to arrest Nigel Malt at the hospital on suspicion of murder, causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving.
He was taken to King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre, where he has been questioned by detectives before being charged.
Anyone who believes they may have information relevant to the inquiry can contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting Operation Redmere.
One resident of Leete Way who asked not to be named said: “We heard a loud bang and a load of people shouting and screaming, followed by the sound of a car speeding off.”
Another neighbour said: “It’s horrendous. I saw the flashing lights of the police cars late in the evening.”
In the hours after the death, friends described Lauren as “a wonderful and caring young person”.
Kaiya-j Eglen, who described Lauren as her best friend, wrote: “You my dear angel meant the world to me and I’m so sorry you’re gone.
“I can’t quite get my head around it. My rock. My little bean. My best friend.
“We had so many plans but now we’re apart. I miss will you every waking moment my love.”
Caitlan McGregor commented: “I’ll miss her every day. She had a heart of gold.”
And Dylan Cooper added: “She was truly one of a kind and will be missed by so many.
“Such a wonderful, caring young person taken from us too soon.”
Sheila Raddon, who is understood to be Lauren’s grandmother, also paid tribute to the “beautiful” teen.
Police at the scene in West Winch, Norfolk
Friends paid tribute to Lauren in the hours after the deathCredit: facebook/kaiyaj.eglen
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