Hit and run victim named as brilliant medical student

The young woman killed in a hit-and-run incident outside the Royal Free Hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning has been named as Mingwei Tan, 20.

Miss Tan was due to start her third year at Peterhouse College at Cambridge University where she was studying medical science. She was also president of the Cambridge University karate club.

Dr Philip Pattenden, senior tutor at Peterhouse College, said: “The death of Mingwei Tan, an undergraduate at Peterhouse who as due to start her third year at the College, is reported with much regret.

“She was doing very well in medical sciences and was a popular member of our community, always full of joy. She will be truly missed.

“The College is greatly saddened by its loss and extends its sympathy to the family.”

It is believed the student was dragged for a mile when she was hit in Pond Street and she was found suffering serious injuries about a mile away near Belsize Park tube station just before 2am. Paramedics were unable to save her.

It is believed she died on her birthday.

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Police say it is possible that the driver is not aware he or she hit the victim. Her handbag, which contained a wallet, mobile phone and student ID, was found in the road 150 metres away.