Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run incident in Chessington early on Friday morning (July 26).

One of the chief investigating officers said police suspected the attack may have been "pre-meditated" and described the incident as "horrific" and "callous".

As the Comet reported Friday morning, a man died after being hit by a car on Moor Lane, Chessington at 12.13am.

The driver did not stop and the man, believed to be 25 years old, was dragged under the car "for some distance."

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In an update issued by the Met Police shortly after midday on Friday, a spokesperson confirmed they had launched a murder investigation into the fatal collision.

"A murder investigation has been launched after a man was struck by a car in Chessington.

"Homicide detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after the car failed to stop," the spokesperson said.

Offering further details, the Met revealed they had found a car they believe to have been involved in the hit-and-run.

"There has been no arrest. Enquiries are underway to establish the full circumstances.

"The car, a Ford S Max was found on Cyclamen Way in Epsom burnt out, approximately one mile from the crime scene," the Met Police spokesperson said.

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Road closures in Chessington remain in place where the collision happened.

Police are advising motorists to avoid the area.

Commenting on the murder investigation Friday afternoon, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, Specialist Crime, said the incident "appears to have been pre-meditated" and added that it was among the most "horrific" incidents he had encountered.

"This appears to be a pre-meditated attack where the driver collided with the victim and then dragged him for half a mile before making off.

"This is one of the most horrific and callous incidents I have ever come across where the driver of the vehicle (Ford S Max) has left the victim to die in the road where he was found by his friends.

"I am appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward, equally anyone who may have footage of the incident please contact us," DCI Leonard said.

Sally Benatar, who leads the Met's South West London Command, meanwhile thanked the community in Chessington for their cooperation with the emergency services since the traumatic incident took place.

"My thoughts are with the family of the man who has died in this awful incident.

"We appreciate the support and cooperation of the Chessington community whilst road closures remain in place in order for a thorough scene investigation to be carried out.

"Our officers are available at the scene to talk to local residents with any concerns or information," Ms Benatar said.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information that may assist police, should call the incident room number on 020 8721 4622 or 101 quoting CAD 96/26July.

To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.