Police name man wanted over boy's hit-and-run death

Keaton Slater
Keaton Slater enjoyed making people laugh and smile, his family said [Family]

Police have named a man wanted on suspicion of killing a 12-year-old boy in a hit-and-run crash in Coventry.

West Midlands Police appealed for information on the whereabouts of 21-year-old Dolars Aleksanders, suspected of causing death by dangerous driving.

Earlier on Sunday police identified the boy who died as Keaton Slater.

In a tribute released by the force, Keaton's family said he was "so beautiful inside and out," and "our fun-loving little comedian" who "just wanted to make everyone laugh and smile".

A black BMW found abandoned in New Arley on Friday evening has been seized, with officers continuing to appeal for the driver or anyone else who was in the car to come forward.

One person came forward on Saturday evening and has been voluntarily questioned and released while inquiries continue, said West Midlands Police.

"A family has lost a 12-year-old boy in an appalling incident and our thoughts remain with them," said Sgt Rich Evans.

"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."

Sgt Evans urged those involved in the crash, or anyone who knows them, to search their consciences and "do the right thing".

Police are continuing to check CCTV from the area around the crash, and are appealing for any other witnesses to get in touch, particularly if they had dashcam or doorbell footage.

An online fundraiser to support Keaton's family had raised more than £31,000 by Sunday morning.

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Floral tributes at the roadside
Tributes to the young Coventry City fan were left at the side of the road [BBC]

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