A STUDENT killed in a London car crash has been named as Charlotte Staplehurst, from Eastbourne.

The 21-year-old was walking along a street in the New Malden area of Kingston late on Monday night when she was hit by the vehicle.

Miss Staplehurst, who studied at Kingston University, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight, the Metropolitan Police said.

Next of kin have been informed.

Her boyfriend, 19-year-old Harry Foster, has since posted a heartfelt tribute to his lover.

Writing on Instagram, he said: "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.

"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."

The 27-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was taken to a police station in the capital for questioning.

He has since been released under investigation.

Anyone with dashcam footage or information about the crash should call the Met on 101 quoting CAD 8304/13AUG.

If you knew Charlotte and would like to pay a tribute, email amir.razavi@theargus.co.uk