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OP ARENASHOW - Fatal collision in Orpington

Appeal for information regarding a fatal collision around 3.30pm on Monday the 9th of October 2023 outside Curry's Sevenoaks Way Orpington involving a red Mercedes and a moped which resulted in the death of Tafari Thompson-Mintah

Details of Incident

The Police are appealing for information regarding a fatal collison at approximately 3.30pm on Monday 9th October 2023 outside Curry's, Seveonoaks Way, Orpington involving a red Mercedes and a moped. 


Tafari Thompson-Mintah was riding a moped along Sevenoaks Way in St Paul's Cray when the incident happened at around 3.30pm. Despite the efforts of the emergency services, the 16-year-old died at the scene. His family continue to be supported by officers. 


Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation. They believe that Tafari's moped was deliberately struck by a red Mercedes car. This caused the moped to veer into the path of an orange Vauxhall Mokka car. The driver of the Mercedes failed to stop at the scene. The car was found abandoned nearby a short time later. Urgent enquiries continue to identify and locate the driver. 


Detective Inspector Martin Thorpe who is leading the investigation said" My thoughts are with Tafari's family at this incredibly diffucult time. We will continue to support them as our investigation progresses. The incident happened on a busy road near to the Nugent retail park. We have already spoken to a number of witnesses, but it is vital that anyonw who saw the collison comes forward immediately. I would also ask drivers who were on Sevenoaks Way on Monday afternoon to check their dashcams for any footage of the moped or the red Mercedes before the collison occurred".  


Anyone with CCTV,  mobile phone or dashcam footage to the incident is asked to preserve and supply it to the Police as part of the investigation.       

Contact Information

Please call 101 quoting reference CAD 4890/09OCT23.


Alternatively information can be provided anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or oneline at