The family of a Deliveroo driver killed in a collision on Saturday in Merton have been left “heartbroken” by his death, a friend says.
Brazilian national Matheus Matos Menezes, 25, died in the collision as he rode his moped along St Helier Avenue at 5pm on Saturday.
The father-of-two came had moved to London to work and send money back for his two young daughters who have been left “heartbroken” by his death.
Police have appealed for dashcam footage of the collision. Two drivers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
They have been taken to south London police stations where they remain in custody.
His close friend Raul Broleze told The Standard: “He was a wonderful person with a giant heart who made everyone laugh. He worked hard here to support his family over there. Everyone liked him, he had no enemies.
“His family didn’t believe me when I told them about their son’s death. His mother went into shock and hung up the phone. I had to call her back soon after and tell her she can count on me for everything in London.”
His family also want police to quickly release his body to be repatriated back to his hometown of Unai, in Minas Gerais, a northern region of Brazil near the capital Brasilia.
Friends and fellow delivery drivers have raised nearly £15,000 to take his body home for a “dignified funeral”. They announced they will be holding a memorial at the scene of the crash at 2.30pm on Tuesday with singing, prayers and a moped convoy.
Detectives from the Roads and Transport Policing Command are investigating.
They would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision, the moments leading up to it, or who has dashcam footage.
To donate to Mr Menezes’ GoFundMe click here.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157 or via 101 quoting reference Cad 5035/29May.