TRIBUTES have been paid to dad-of-two Dean Chambers who died following a Downham 'hit and run' which took place just metres from his home.
Mr Chambers, who police say was 32-years-old, was knocked down by a van in Bromley Road at the junction with Winlaton Road on Saturday (January 4) at around 6.30pm.
When ambulance crews arrived, Mr Chambers was in cardiac arrest and had a head injury. Despite being rushed to King's College Hospital, he was pronounced dead soon afterwards.
The driver, a 35-year-old from Bromley, did not stop at the scene but contacted police later that evening. He was later arrested for causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop.
Four teenage girls comforted Mr Chambers and called for an ambulance, but said other passers-by walked past and did nothing.
Charley Robins, 16, from Kenley, said: "My friend spotted his trainers on the kerb but we couldn't really see because it was dark.
"As we got closer we noticed he was a man but he looked lifeless. There was a massive puddle of blood on the floor."
She added: "Lots of people were walking past him like nothing had happened."
The teenager went on: "I phoned an ambulance. My friend was talking to him. She was just making silly conversation to see if she could wake him up.
"It did wake him up a bit and he did try to move. We could see that he was breathing."
Charley said she and her friends stayed with Mr Chambers until paramedics and the victim's partner arrived at the scene.
Witnesses said that two men stayed with Mr Chambers and helped a paramedic resuscitate him before he was taken to hospital.
Tributes have been flooding in for the former Sedgehill School pupil, who worked as a garage DJ called Mr DC for radio station Feeling LDN.
In a statement on their website, Feeling LDN said: "We are very saddened with the news that we have lost a very special friend over this last weekend.
"Mr DC (Dean Chambers) who has been playing on Feeling LDN for two years sadly passed away after a accident near his home.
"His love and passion for music was always evident and he always had a smile on his face.
"DC was a father of two and all of our thoughts are with his family as this very sad time."
Flowers and tributes have been left at the scene of the crash which took place opposite a BP garage and around 100 metres from Mr Chambers' flat in Bromley Road.
One note read: “Dean, a great father and partner to Nina and kids. RIP you will never be forgotten.”
While another said: “RIP Dean. Rave with them angels. Love Kellie.”
Manager of the garage on Bromley Road, Vithi Ananthan, says staff also called London Ambulance Service when Mr Chambers, who was a regular customer, was hit as he crossed the road.
He said: “He crossed from that side of the road and was hit by the car.
“They are regular customers. He is very polite.”
While one neighbour, who wished not to be named, says she saw blue lights through her window and a man lying on the kerb being treated by emergency services.
She said:"I saw a guy lying by the kerb."
She added: “It is just very busy this road, you have got to be careful.”
On Facebook, Donna Wright wrote: "Rip Dean thoughts go out to your loved ones.... Tragic young life taken too soon xx"
Another message read: "You will live forever in our hearts mate believe, you're a special guy. You touched our lives in a way you'd never believe, gone but never forgotten RIP."
And Jo Tison wrote: "He was born the day before me, our mothers had beds next to each other in the hospital so our spirits entered the world not far apart. My thoughts are with his family and friends whom he now watches over.
"A shock and great reminder how scared this life is and to not sweat the small stuff."
A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service said of the accident: "Staff treated a man, reported to be in his 20s.
"The patient was in cardiac arrest and he also had a head injury. He was taken as a priority to King's College Hospital."
The driver has been bailed until March and officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit are continuing their investigation, including an examination of the vehicle.
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or police on 020 8285 1576.
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