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Police appeal for wanted man after 12-year-old killed in hit-and-run

West Midlands Police have named a man they wish to speak to over a hot-and-run in which a boy aged 12 died (Alamy/PA)
West Midlands Police have named a man they wish to speak to over a hot-and-run in which a boy aged 12 died (Alamy/PA)

Police have named a 21-year-old man they want to find after a 12-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run incident.

Dolars Aleksanders is wanted on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, West Midlands Police said.

The appeal comes after Keaton Slater was hit by a black BMW car in Radford Road, Coventry, on Friday shortly after 4.30pm, the force said.

The youngster was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Police wish to speak to Dolars Aleksanders (West Midlands Police/PA)

In a post on X, Coventry Police said: “Have you seen Dolars Aleksanders?

“The 21-year-old is wanted on suspicion of death by dangerous driving after a 12-year-old boy died following a collision in Radford Road, Coventry, on Friday.”

In a tribute, released through the police, the boy’s 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.”

Sgt Rich Evans, of 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 inquiries 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.”