THE family of a mum killed in a hit-and-run accident in Welling have spoken of their loss.

Claire Lane was just 50 metres from her home in Wickham Street when she was hit by a silver Mercedes convertible car.

The 30-year-old mum of a two-year-old son, Adam, died instantly at the scene.

The nursery school teacher also leaves behind her partner Danny Legg.

Witnesses saw two men getting out of the car and running off.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about the incident in Welling at 5.27pm on Sunday (May 3) to come forward.

Partner sick and crying over death

Mr Legg paid tribute to his "beautiful" partner and said Claire "didn't stand a chance" as the car "destroyed everything in its path".

Fighting back the tears, he said: "I've spent the past two days being sick and crying. I'm now just so angry.

"I want the people who did this to realise what they have done.

“She (Claire) not only leaves me, her partner, but also our two-year-old son, Adam.

"It is right outside our flat, but I cannot even look at where this happened. It's devastation.

"Claire was just walking along. The car has mounted the pavement and destroyed everything in its path.

“Claire didn't stand a chance.

"It could have been anyone but they took my beautiful Claire.

"Nothing will ever bring Claire back but I just want them to comprehend what they have done. I'll never ever be the same again. They have destroyed my family forever."

The 29-year-old added: “Adam is my priority now. I need to look after him.

"Claire and I only moved into this flat a year ago but I cannot stay here now, so close to where this happened. I'm just trying to get through the days.

"I'm just going to try keep being strong and look after Adam, that's all I can do."

Sister describes Claire as ‘star’

Claire's sister Jenni Boyling said the family is in "complete shock."

She said: "It's is such a tough time for all the family that and we're in complete shock.

“She was a beautiful, caring woman. I cannot describe how hard it is to deal with.

"She was a wonderful mum, truly brilliant sister and loving daughter. She was a star who was kind, caring and a good partner to Danny.

"Claire was loved by one and all. Everybody adored her. She was warm and people were drawn to her.

“We'll miss her very, very much."

Police closed the road for five hours while they carried out an examination of the scene.

Dozens of flowers and tributes now lay where she was killed.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place today (May 7).

Vivienne Lawrence, 62, who runs Kids and Co Day Nursery in Welling, where Claire had worked as deputy manager for 13 years, said it was "heartbreaking news".

He said: "She was a wonderful person and it is devastating that something so awful and tragic should happen to her.

"You never expect to leave your home and be mown down and for Claire to no longer be here doesn't seem real.

"I feel so much for that little boy who has lost his mother.”

Mr Lawrence said Claire was a keen amateur actress and loved working with kids.

He added: "She loved life and was such a funny, articulate girl.”

Anyone with any information about the collision should call the police on 020 8285 1574 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

  • Two men aged 25 and 45 have been arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Both have been bailed to return to police stations at later dates - the 25-year-old later this month and the 45-year-old on July 1.