Parents taking their children for the start of term at nearby Ilderton Primary School spoke of their sadness and shock at the death of a 13-year-old hit by a car in south Bermondsey.
Michelle Foster, 37, a nursery assistant, from Sharratt Street, who had walked her nine-year-old to school, said:
"I am shocked - I heard the news from another mum as we were walking along to school. I feel very, very sorry for the family."
Francis Soares, 52, a porter, who lives in Ilderton Road, said he arrived home last night shortly after the crash happened. "There were police and ambulances and paramedics.
"It was dark and you could not see what was happening and the whole place was blocked off. I am very saddened to hear the news."
Afza Osman, 37, a mother who had dropped her five-year-old at school said: "It is very, very sad. We cross that road every single day."