Thursday, 1 Jun 2023

Daughter’s heartbreaking tribute to ‘hero’ dad who came to UK for ‘better life’

Police have named a motorcyclist killed in an accident in Streatham in south London last week as 44-year-old Ronaldo Medeiros De Oliveira, as they launched a fresh witness appeal. And officers shared a heartfelt tribute from the victim’s family as appealing for information to trace the occupants of a blue BMW whom they believe left the vehicle at the scene after the accident.

Police were called to Leigham Court Road, SW16 at 8.15pm on Thursday, attending along with London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.

They found Mr Medeiros De Oliveira had sustained serious injuries and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with this investigation and was subsequently released without further action.

Speaking to the South London Press, his daughter Gabriele Oliveira said: “He was hard worker. “Always done everything for me and my mum. He left Brazil to offer me a better life and give me a better future.

“He was an amazing dad and husband. Loved by many of his friends.”

She added: “He was going through a green light when a car came from another road through the red light and hit him, they people in the car ran away and left him unconscious.”

The family shared an additional statement in which they said: “My dad was a kind, loving person who always did what was right.

“He was always happy and never had bad times when we were with him.

“He was my true hero, taught me everything I know. We are going to miss him a lot.

“Wherever he went he carried a lot of light with him and a lot of happiness.”

Detective Sergeant Nick Bale of the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “My thoughts are with Ronaldo’s family and I want to reiterate my commitment to them that we working hard to piece together what happened.

“I am continuing to ask anyone who has information about the identity of three occupants who we believe left a blue BMW abandoned at the scene of the collision to get in touch.

“Similarly, if you were in the car, please make yourself known to us.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has footage can call the Incident Room on 020 8285 1574, call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting 7533/11MAY.

To remain 100 percent anonymous they can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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