Man killed in Sedgley hit-and-run on 21st birthday

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A 21-year-old man died after being hit by a car in Sedgley on a night out celebrating his milestone birthday.

The driver fled after the collision. The victim, named locally as Tom Cox, from Tipton, died at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A 21-year-old man was today being questioned by police on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after handing himself in yesterday.

The crash happened in Dudley Road at 11pm on Saturday, yards from The Leopard pub. He died in hospital at 7am yesterday.

It is believed that the victim, who was a former pupil at Willingsworth High School in Tipton, had been out celebrating his 21st birthday before he was hit by the car.

Devastated family and friends have laid bouquets of flowers at the scene, including his parents, who said: "We loved him."

His former teachers Julia Farnsworth and Lorna O'Connor today paid tribute to him.

They said: "Tommy was quiet at school but his happy go lucky nature and cheeky smile made him a popular young man with all his year group.

"Everyone who came into contact with Tommy has a story to tell about him.


"He will always be fondly remembered."

People living near the scene of the tragedy have described hearing a noise like the sound of two cars colliding.

Witnesses described one neighbour rushing outside with a blanket to try and keep Mr Cox warm.

A 600ft cordon was put in place around the scene of the tragedy.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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