21-year-old student run over and killed in south-west London named as Charlotte Staplehurst

Maya Oppenheim
Tributes on social media have described her as a 'beautiful' and 'lovely' young woman: Metropolitan Police

A young woman who died following a car crash in south-west London has been named.

Charlotte Staplehurst, a 21-year-old student from Eastbourne in East Sussex, died at the scene of the crash in New Malden.

Tributes on social media have described her as a “beautiful” and “lovely” young woman.

A 27-year-old motorist was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released under investigation.

The boyfriend of Ms Staplehurst shared a touching tribute on Instagram.

“Never in the world did I think I would be doing this. These are the types of situations you read about thinking this could never happen to someone you love,” Harry Foster said.

“The times I spent with you were the best of my life and what I feel for you will never change. You were my world and nobody could or will ever replace you.

“You are the best person I know, I would not change a single part of who you are, I am so sorry. I promise I will see you again. I love you Charlotte.”

Tracy Staplehurst replied to his post: “Charlotte thought the world of you too. She was so beautiful inside and out.”

Ms Staplehurst was a pharmaceutical science student at Kingston University, according to her Facebook page.

The Metropolitan Police is appealing for witnesses to the crash, which took place in Coombe Road shortly before midnight on Monday.