Victim of hit-and-run horror knocked down by two cars outside Buckingham Palace was 'diligent' 22-year-old university student
Former headteacher pays tribute to 'extremely well-liked' student42-year-old man bailed by police after being arrested on suspicion of causing death by
careless driving and failing to stop
18:10 GMT, 5 December 2012
University student Stacey Cooke, 22, (pictured) was knocked down and killed outside Buckingham Palace last Friday
A 22-year-old university student who was knocked down and killed in an horrific hit-and-run outside Buckingham Palace involving two cars has been named today.
Stacey Cooke, from Shoreham, near Sevenoaks, Kent, was struck by a pair of Mercedes E-Class cars at The Mall in central London, last Friday.
Miss Cooke was studying planning and property development Nottingham Trent University after leaving Walthamstow Hall School in Sevenoaks.
Her former headteacher, Jill Milner, said: 'We were all deeply saddened to hear the tragic news.
'Stacey was a diligent and extremely well-liked student who had many
friends here. Our very deepest sympathies go to her family and friends.'
Her mother, Kim, said she was too upset to talk about her daughter.
The driver of the second car failed to
stop, but was later traced to an address in in Hendon, north London,
where police arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by
careless driving and failing to stop.
Forensic officers investigating the scene at The Mall where Stacey Cooke, 22, died after being struck by two cars
Miss Cooke was pronounced dead shortly after the collision. She was struck by two cars at 2.20am
The driver of the second car, a blue Mercedes E-Class, drove off from the incident
The driver of the second car was bailed by officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit on Friday evening, police said.
A Met Police spokesman said: 'Miss Cooke was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed and she has been formally identified.
'A post-mortem examination commenced on Saturday, 1 December at Greenwich Mortuary. This will continue in due course.
'Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit based at Catford Traffic Garage are investigating.
'Anyone witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 020 8285 1574.
He said the driver of the second car was taken into custody on November 30 and later bailed to return pending further inquiries.
The driver of a black Mercedes E-Class, which hit the woman first, stopped at the scene
Miss Cooke was studying planning and property development at Nottingham Trent University after leaving Walthamstow Hall School in Sevenoaks
Police traced the vehicle to an address in Hendon, north London, and arrested a man on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and failing to stop
Speaking last Friday Photographer Tolga Akmen said: 'The road was completely closed.
'Police had markers on the road and were looking at the scene.
'There looked like there were small pieces of car left on the road.
The London Ambulance Service attended the incident and a spokesman said: 'We were called just before 2.20am to reports of a road traffic collision on The Mall and sent an ambulance crew, two responders in cars, an officer and a doctor to the scene.
'Our first staff arrived within three minutes.
'Extensive efforts were made to resuscitate the patient, but sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene.'