A man thought to have fled the scene of a “horrific” crash that killed three teenage boys in London is being hunted by police.
The three victims, who died after the Audi mounted the pavement in London, were named locally as Harry Louis Rice, George Wilkinson and Josh Kennedy.
A man, 28, who was in the car when it crashed, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
The Met say they believe at least one other man ran off, after the collision on Shepiston Lane, Hayes, on Friday.
The 28-year-old was detained by members of the public and assaulted before the police arrived, according to witnesses.
Detectives have not ruled out the possibility of more passengers in the black Audi, which is believed to have been travelling at high speed before hitting a lamp-post yards from an Esso petrol station.
The victims, two aged 16 and one 17, were on their way to a 16th birthday party at a nearby football club.
They were confirmed dead at the scene, following the crash at about 20:40 GMT.
“Inquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the collision and the number of occupants in the vehicle involved,” the Met said in a statement.
The detained suspect was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital for treatment. He is being questioned at a north London police station.
The victims’ next of kin have been informed, and post-mortem examinations will be held in due course.
Other teenagers who were standing with the boys were uninjured.